It is hard to read a newspaper (my preferred news source) or an online news site without discovering false information. I recently read an NPR article about how to vet news yourself and how to recognize this.1 The vulnerability I felt made me think about protecting my decisions from this reporting and even more, how I can help my patients weed out fake reports.
A year and a half after my mother passed, we still receive mail addressed to her. Ninety-nine percent of this is requesting charitable donations or "health newsletters". I have had difficulty canceling her health newsletter subscriptions that discuss symptoms, various doctors, and opportunities to purchase products that have not been verified by the FDA. The only phone numbers listed connect me to a warehouse for ordering these products. With that said, it is important that consumers have knowledge of credible news sources. Here are a few guidelines to assist in finding this information as it applies to wounds and lymphedema:
To effectively educate patients, provide this information or offer your own materials and share addresses of reputable websites. Here are a few of my favorite wound education resources online:
1. Davis, W. Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts. National Public Radio [Website]. January 5, 2016. Available at: http://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2016/12/05/503581220/fake…. Accessed on January 6, 2017.
About the Author
Janet Wolfson is a wound care and lymphedema educator with ILWTI, and Lymphedema and Wound Care Coordinator at Health South of Ocala with over 30 years of field experience.
The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, HMP Global, its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.