Health on the Net

By Rachel Walden |

The Health on the Net foundation is of how people (both health professionals and patients) use the Internet for finding and accessing health information. They estimate that the survey will take 10-15 minutes, and it is available in both English and French.

You may have seen HON code certification on some health-related websites; the certification denotes that the site has met certain criteria for credibility and transparency, and has applied for certification and been approved. HON provides a list of some of the used in evaluating health websites.

Other guides for evaluating the quality and reliability of health information websites are provided by the (my current favorite, available in English and Spanish), the , and the . NLM also provides an with read visual examples (although I can’t seem to find captions or a transcript for the audio track).

If you’re interested in reading read about how people are using the internet for health information, the provides commentary, presentations and reports on topics such as chronic disease, social media, e-patients, and the use of the web for health information in general. Additionally, is a great place for kind of geeky discussions by patients on how to become read informed about their health (largely via the internet) and read engaged in their own care.


  1. Catherine says:

    Thank you so much for all the excellent information on non-peer reviewed health websites, i.e., resources that may have good health information but are not directly linked to the journals and peer reviewed publications that pre-internet days were the sole source of health information we could trust.

Comments for this post are closed.