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Health Insight®: Taking Charge of Health Information:A CONSUMER’S GUIDE TO TAKING CHARGE OF HEALTH INFORMATION by The Doctor Factory

Net searchMost people are on their own as they evaluate health information, put it into context, and make important healthcare decisions for themselves and their families. This requires an understanding of the concept of risk. Risk is important because it implies that there is some chance that something bad might happen. The uncertainty can be frustrating and frightening, but it also means that your attitude and choices can play a major role in your future health. The best advice you can get when it comes to making sense of health information is ASK QUESTIONS!

Check out a list of 10 questions designed to help you turn health information into clues and to get you started on becoming your own health risk detective.

  1. What is the message?
    Get past the presentation to the facts.
  2. Is the source reliable?
    Think about the quality of the information. Information comes from many sources, good and bad. 
  3. How strong is the evidence overall?
    Understand how this information fits in with other evidence. 
  4. Does this information matter?
    Determine whether the information changes your thinking and leads you to respond.
  5. What do the numbers mean?
    Remember that understanding the importance of a risk requires that you understand the numbers. 
  6. How does this risk compare to others?
    Put the risk into context. 
  7. What actions can be taken to reduce risk?
    Identify the actions you can take to improve your health.
  8. What are the trade-offs?
    Make sure you can live with the trade-offs associated with different actions. 
  9. What else do I need to know?
    Focus on identifying the information that would help you make a better decision. 
  10. Where can I get more information?
    Find the information you need to make a better decision.

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