Posted by Mitch on October 30, 2001, at 10:22:09
In reply to How do you decide what to trust?, posted by Dr. Bob on October 30, 2001, at 1:56:11
> > I'm supposed to say something [in Washington next week] about: (1) how aware patients in online support groups are of the various online ethics and quality initiatives, (2) to what extent those initiatives influence their use of online resources, (3) what other methods they use to decide whom to trust, and (4) the ethics of facilitating such groups.
> > Any comments on any of the above? (Remember, these are comments I might present.)
> Or, looking at it another way, I'd be curious:
> 1. From the perspective of someone looking for information, how do you decide what information to trust? What leads you to trust a web site? Another group member?
I would be more apt to trust information that is "anecdotal" (experiential) with lots of agreeing and dissenting balance from other people that have had personal experience with the issue in question. If your experiences and questions were "typical" then your doctor probably would have satisfied you and you wouldn't be asking questions *here*.
> 2. From the perspective of someone providing information, do you just pass it on, or do you try to present it in a certain way?
I think it is important to have a good intuition and to "present" the info in an accessible and understandable manner to the person who is requesting it.