The National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites are great starting points for seniors to find reliable health information. These websites are sponsored by federal government agencies, so they are accurate sources of information. According to the SOHI model, adults in our sample used access to online health information through NCTs as a kind of bookmark before and after going to the doctor. This was true for all types of users, not just advanced or advanced users. Middle-aged and older adults were not using online resources to replace a medical professional.
Instead, they used online information to supplement health management, not for diagnosis and treatment. This prioritization of the professional reinforced the position of institutionalized medicine as an essential component of the lives of middle-aged and older adults. A 75-year-old white participant explained that, for him, the Internet could not allow him to have total control over his health “because only a medical profession would control my health: doctor, hospital, surgeon. The Internet can be a great resource. When searching for health-related information online, it is important to be aware that there are millions of websites offering this type of information.
You can find information about a specific disease or health condition, as well as tips on how to stay healthy. However, many of these websites present myths and half-truths as if they were facts. To ensure that you are getting reliable health information online, it is important to look for websites that are sponsored by federal government agencies. Additionally, it is important to be aware that online resources should be used to supplement health management, not for diagnosis and treatment. Finally, be sure to double check any information you find online with a medical professional.