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Hysterectomy Fact or Fiction?

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Woman checking facts about hysterectomyHow do I know if I can trust a source?


With the internet, magazines, and books at your fingertips, you can easily be inundated with information. But how do you know which sources are accurate and which ones are a figment of the author’s imagination? Using the “Trust It or Trash It” tool created by the Access to Credible Genetics Resource Network (ATCG), here are some tips to help you determine how credible a source is.

Authorship:

If the author’s name is clearly listed, the author has experience with the topic discussed, and the author is respected in the community and by colleagues, consider trusting the source. Consider the information suspect if you cannot verify the author’s name, experience, and/or background.

References:

If you can clearly find listed references that you can then verify, consider the article is likely based on fact. If you cannot find references, consider the article is most likely fiction.

Finances:

If the information is sponsored by someone with experience and does not have the goal of selling a product, it could be trustworthy. However, if the article is trying to sell a product and/or information about funding is not clearly noted, consider the article may not be trustworthy.

Date:

If the information is current and up-to-date, consider trusting it. Conversely, if the information is old, seems out-of-date, and/or no date is listed, consider not trusting it.

Participants:

If the medical information is based on the research of many people or many participants were involved in the study, consider trusting the data. On the other hand, if the information is based on one person’s experience or only a few people were involved, consider looking elsewhere for more reliable data.

Reasonable:

If the information can be found in multiple places and/or it matches other reliable sources, consider it could be factual. If the information is definitely different than current science and expert opinions, consider it could be fiction. Note, however, that new, cutting-edge research may be hard to verify so you may want to set aside the information to see if other research soon verifies it. On the other hand, if it is sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

10-21-2013 - 09:01 PM


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