TRUSTMEDICOS aims to tackle health misinformation and achieve a trustworthy health information exchange.
Trust is essential to society and as a species, humans are wired to trust one another. When we use social media we want to trust that the information we see in our feeds is true and based on evidence. Health related misinformation and distrust can be a particularly toxic mix that causes people to reject clinically proven health interventions such as vaccines; disregard health guidance; or try out unproven and dangerous therapies (WHO).
Health misinformation is defined as ‘a health-related claim that is based on anecdotal evidence, false, or misleading owing to the lack of existing scientific knowledge’
Share trusted health information
Help to reduce the spread of health misinformation by asking yourself 4 simple questions before sharing anything.
Does it sound too good to be true?
Do I know the source and is it reliable?
Could there be a conflict of interest?
Is it a personal experience or a scientifically proven fact?
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