The Philosophy of Information Quality

Volume 358 of the series Synthese Library pp 183-199


Educating Medical Students to Evaluate the Quality of Health Information on the Web

  • Pietro GhezziAffiliated withDivision of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, Brighton & Sussex Medical School Email author 
  • , Sundeep ChumberAffiliated withDivision of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation, Brighton & Sussex Medical School
  • , Tara BrabazonAffiliated withSchool of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University

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Google and googling pose an array of challenges for information professionals. The Google search engine deskills information literacy, so that many people can find some information. Yet the great challenge is knowing what we do not know. We cannot put words into Google that we do not know. Therefore the instruments for diagnosis are blunt and brutal. The field of e-health has great possibilities, yet the lack of information literacy undermines the expertise of professionals and creates misinformation and confusion. This chapter analyzes the means of assessing the quality of health information and describes an approach to improve the ability of medical students to navigate through the various health information available and to critically evaluate a research publication. Improving Internet literacy is required not only to meet the standards for medical education but also to prepare future doctors to deal with patients exposed to an information overload.