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Navigating the Credibility of Web-Based Information During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Using Mnemonics to Empower the Public to Spot Red Flags in Health Information on the Internet

Authors
  • Stokes-Parish, Jessica1
  • 1 Bond University, Robina , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Medical Internet Research
Publisher
JMIR Publications Inc.
Publication Date
Jun 17, 2022
Volume
24
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2196/38269
PMID: 35649183
PMCID: PMC9208573
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Viewpoint
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Abstract

Misinformation creates challenges for the general public in differentiating truth from fiction in web-based content. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this issue has been amplified due to high volumes of news and changing information. Evidence on misinformation largely focuses on understanding the psychology of misinformation and debunking strategies but neglects to explore critical thinking education for the general public. This viewpoint outlines the science of misinformation and the current resources available to the public. This paper describes the development and theoretical underpinnings of a mnemonic (Conflict of Interest, References, Author, Buzzwords, Scope of Practice [CRABS]) for identifying misinformation in web-based health content. Leveraging evidence-based educational strategies may be a promising approach for empowering the public with the confidence needed to differentiate truth from fiction in an infodemic.

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