Truth or lies: Fighting back against misinformation

Part 1 of a webinar series for nurses by nurses

Objectives

  • Define misinformation and disinformation in health care.
  • Discuss the nurse’s role in stopping the spread of misinformation.
  • Describe organizational roles and support systems essential to addressing misinformation.

The spread of misinformation has a harmful health impact on personal and public health. The creation and spread of falsehoods is a serious threat to nursing practice and patient safety. Nurses, cited as the most trusted profession for their honest and ethical standards, have a crit¬ical responsibility to combat misinforma¬tion among patients, families, and com¬munities. This session will address what nurses need to know about misinformation and disinformation in health care, how to identify and access credible, trusted health sources and implement practical ways to ensure ethical, evidence-based nursing care in their organizations.