The internet teems with self-help sites that promise to help people improve their health. But which of these outlets have been evaluated through gold-standard studies and have evidence to support their claims?
A new paper compiles only the best of the best: a list of more than 40 sites backed by evidence from randomized controlled trials.
Compiled by a team at the University of Michigan Medical School, the list includes sites that offer people help with reducing their use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana; managing mental health issues; and improving diet and physical activity. Other topics include insomnia, chronic pain, cardiovascular risk and childhood health issues.
Published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the list highlights sites that go beyond educational information to help people understand, and approach, a condition.