Assessing Reliability and Credibility of CAM
Research is an important part of finding the appropriate CAM therapy that will help the patient’s symptoms. The information that is obtained during research could be full of opinions and not facts. Since we want factual information instead of opinions it is important that we are sure the information we are looking at is a reliable and credible source. Criteria for Reliability and Credibility
CAM therapies are being used more today than in years past. The use of CAM has become helpful for many patients to elevate symptoms of their ailment. When studying which CAM therapy is right for the symptoms that are presented we need to be sure that the source of information is reliable and credible. There are several things we can ask ourselves to ensure the information we are using is reliable and credible. These criteria should be considered: 1)
Does the source provide (Harris, Robert, June 15, 2007):
Author’s title and position
Author’s organizational affiliation
Date of the document
The documentation provides the information we are looking for (Harris, Robert. June 15, 2007): a.
Has there been cited information within the document that we are reviewing (Montecino, Virginia, August 1998). 4)
What type of website is the information provided on (Montecino, Virginia, August 1998): a.
A personal page
Special interest site
News or journalistic site
Does the website contain information that is (Harris, Robert, June 15, 2007): a.
Lacking hidden motives
Website for Review
The website that I am going to use for review is a website regarding fish oil: http://healthlibrary.epnet.com/GetContent.aspx?token=e0498803-7f62-4563-8d47-5fe33da65dd4&chunkiid=21684#P3. The website homepage is from...
References: Harris, Robert. (June 15, 2007). Evaluating Internet Research Sources. Retrieved April 24,
2010 from: http://www.virtualsalt.com/evalu8it.htm
iHerb.com. (2010). Fish Oil. Retrieved April 25, 2010 from:
Montecino, Virginia. (August 1998). Criteria to Evaluate the Credibility of WWW Resources.
Retrieved April 25, 2010 from: http://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/web-eval-sites.htm
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