HC/HIT-8.1 Increase the proportion of health-related websites that meet three or more evaluation criteria disclosing information that can be used to assess information reliability

National Data Source
National Quality Health Website Survey; Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
47.9 (2012)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement

Number of health web sites that met 3 or more criteria for disclosing information that can be used to assess information reliability.


Number of health web sites included in the sample.

Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2009 National Quality Health Website Survey:


Health-related Web sites that met 3 or more of the following evaluation criteria:

  • Disclosed the identity of the persons/organizations responsible for the site;
  • Disclosed the purpose or mission and limitations of the site;
  • Clearly differentiated between advertising and non-advertising content and stated editorial policy or authorship;
  • Disclosed their privacy/user protection policy;
  • Provided a mechanism for user feedback; and
  • Disclosed the date of creation, update, or review of the health content displayed.
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective


Methodology Notes

The National Quality Health Website Survey evaluates a sample of health web sites, representative of most- and least- visited websites (list of eligible "Health and Medical" -related web sites generated by Hitwise).

Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
This objective has the same definition as Healthy People 2010 objective 11-4g. However, the wording of the two objectives differs slightly.