Bogus health advice must be debunked
Ellen McPake Macmillan Cancer Support’s digital nurse specialist
Nurses have a duty – and an opportunity – to challenge the false claims and cures that vulnerable people find online
As nurses we need to understand the benefits and risks of patients looking up diseases, treatments and side effects online. The internet can provide helpful information but there’s an awful lot out there that could be dangerous or misleading. I’m working with Macmillan to help patients access verified and reliable information and support online.
Nursing Standard. 32, 14, 29-29. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.14.29.s20