Last week, I presented a series of questions you should ask yourself whenever you review a new piece of wellness information to determine if that information is in fact credible. If you’d like an even easier way to find reputable information, all you need to do is search for it in one of the following places:
- Sites that end in .edu. These websites are run by universities and medical schools, who are typically the leaders in evidence-based research.
- Some sites that end in .org. A web address that ends in .org isn’t always reputable, but safe bets normally include those that are maintained by nonprofit groups that focus on research and educating the public about specific medical conditions, like the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- Medical and scientific journals. These journals are where the latest evidence-based research gets published. In addition to abstracts of scientific articles, many also post a few articles for free on their websites.
- Sites that end in .gov. These websites, like the federal and state government entities that publish them, are held accountable for all of the content they contain. If you’re looking for condition- or topic-specific information, some good places to start include:
- National Institutes of Health
- National Cancer Institute
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
- National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- National Library of Medicine
- Medline Plus
- Food and Drug Administration
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- WellMASS-sponsored resources. The WellMASS program provides information that is backed up by the latest evidence-based research. In addition to this blog, you can find up-to-date wellness news, tips, and resources on the WellMASS portal at https://wellmass.staywell.com.
Finding credible wellness-related information doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming, as long as you know where to look and what to look for. The next time you need to search for information, or encounter an article or website about which you have questions, use the guide provided last week and the resources you see here to ensure that you’re getting the most accurate information possible.