I found this at the excellent source of health information, BHIC blog, Bringing Health Information to the Community


“Medical Reference for Non-Medical Librarians”

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An acronym to help with evaluation

* Use the acronym DOCTOr to remember the key categories to evaluate:
o Design – the aesthetics and ease of movement around the site.
o Other – cost of use, is the site rated or reviewed?
o Content – the depth and quality of the information, its purpose and audience.
o Technical – the technology requirements of the site, the effectiveness of the technology used.
o Origin – the author and sponsor of the site, their qualifications for presenting the information, the date of the information.

The DOCTOr acronym should also remind patients to consult a health professional before following the advice dispensed on a web page, in a news group message, or any other source.


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