From the Editor…


March 6, 2018 by: Pediatrics for Parents staff Article Tags: ,

Have you ever consulted “Dr. Google” when you or your child were ill or when you had a medical question? Your search probably returned a great number of websites. Then you faced the task of deciding which sites you believe and which you don’t. How do you know if the information on a website is current, complete, or accurate? There is now a website that can help you.

I am involved with a new website that helps you address these problems. It’s called Health Web Navigator (www.healthwebnav.org). Our goal with this site is to help people decide which health-related websites you should trust and which you shouldn’t.

We plan on reviewing thousands of health-related websites. Each website will be reviewed by at least two reviewers. One will be a medically trained reviewer with an interest in the website’s topic. The other reviewer will be a non-health professional who reviews the website for usability and understandability. The reviews will include a description of the website and an evaluation of the site’s content and usability along with a star rating.

This is a massive task and we need your help. We are looking for reviewers for both content and usability. We have a designed a simple training program to help all reviewers better understand our goals and our review process.

Are you willing to give this project an hour or two per month? If the answer is “Yes,” you can learn about becoming a volunteer reviewer on the HealthWebNav website.

Please check out HealthWebNav and let us know what you think.