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Researching Your Doctors, Diagnosis and Treatment Options

From the time you begin feeling symptoms through evaluating the evidence that suggests your diagnosis, to making decisions about your choice of treatments and providers, knowing how to research, which resources are credible, and the best ways to use them will help you find your best medical outcome.
  1. Doctors and Facilities (10)
  2. Government Health Resources (7)
  3. Other Patients as Resources
  4. State Health/Medical Links (4)
  5. Understanding Medical Research (1)

Finding Credible, Reliable Objective Health Information on the Internet
Anyone can publish anything they want to on the Internet, no matter how true or phony it is. A wise patient uses these guidelines to determine which health information is truly credible, reliable and objective, and which is not.

Using the Library to Do Health and Medical Research
Whether or not you are comfortable using the Internet to research your diagnosis or treatment options, you may find even more success by working with a librarian to uncover the facts you need.

Patient Friendly Internet References for Health and Medical Research
Once you have reviewed the guidelines for making sure the information you find online is credible, reliable and objective, use the following links and descriptions to find exactly the information that can help you partner with your doctor, take responsibility for your healthcare decisions, and find your best medical outcomes.

Online Health and Medical Support Groups
The caring and supportive people in online support groups can be a huge benefit to patients who are newly diagnosed, suffering from a chronic disease or caregiving for a patient with any of these problems. But not all support groups are as useful as others. This is your chance to tell us about your experience with an online health or medical...See submissions

How and Why You May Benefit by Participating in Patient Communities
Patients and caregivers who deal with chronic, genetic or terminal diseases or conditions, those medical problems that affect quality and quantity of life over a long period of time, including rare diseases, may find their participation in online patient communities can improve their experiences and further the common good. Here are descriptions...

Health & Medical Websites and Blogs
Millions of blogs and websites provide health information to patients and their caregivers about any health or medical need there could ever be. Some are credible and useful. Some are not. Here is an opportunity for you to share your experience with a website or blog with other empowered patients. (Please note that reviews of websites and blogs...See submissions

Are You a Cyberchondriac?
Are you a cyberchondriac? If you use the Internet to self-diagnose, you may be just that. Learn about cyberchondria and how you can avoid the problems it may cause.

What is Overtesting by Medical Providers?
Sometimes we patients don't realize that we are being given too many medical tests - more than we need and more than we should pay for. Learn more about the concept of overtesting.

Keep Up With the Latest Health News - Set Up Yahoo or Google News Alerts
A wise patient knows that keeping up with the latest news about her diagnosis may help her get improved healthcare, too. By setting up Google News Alerts or Yahoo News Alerts, she can get that information delivered right to her e-mail inbox.

Government Health and Medical Websites
Find a master list of government health and medical website resources patients can use, plus an overview of how they were developed and why not all government health and medical resources can be useful to patients.

Blogs and Wikis - Use Blogs and Wikis for Your Health and Medical Research
While most people consider blogs and wikis to be less than credible, in fact a lot can be learned from them when you are trying to learn about your diagnosis or treatment options.

Symptom Checkers and Self-Diagnosis
When we experience unusual symptoms, we are curious about their causes. Even before we see our doctor or have a medical test, we want to know the answers about what could be causing those symptoms. Symptom checker applications are available on many health websites, but how accurate can they be?

Using Online Support Groups, Forums and Message Boards
Patients can learn from other patients through support groups, forums and message boards on the Internet. Find out what you can learn, and what precautions you should take before participating online.

Medical Journals - Using Medical Journals for Health Research on the Internet
Medical journals can be useful for reading about current studies that relate to your diagnosis or possible treatment options. Understanding the basics of medical journals can help you find and translate the ones that will be most helpful to you.

HON - Health on the Net - Using HON to Find Credible Internet Health Information
HON and the HON Code of Conduct, represent the Health on the Net Foundation which credentials reliable health information on the Internet. Its search engine, called MedHunt, can be very useful to patients who want to learn about their diagnosis or treatment options.

Make Medical Headlines Work for You
We see news headlines about new medical study results and wonder whether they can be helpful to us. Here is a way to analyze whether you can apply the findings to your own medical situations and whether or not you should discuss them with your doctor.

Using Drug Ads to Benefit Your Health
Prescription drug ads can be found on TV, in magazines and newspapers, on the radio and the Internet. Learn why pharma manufacturers aim their ads at patients and how to use those ads to your benefit.

How to Search For Internet Health Information Anonymously
Sometimes we don't want others knowing about the searches we are doing for health information. It's private - none of their business! So how can we do Internet health information searches anonymously, keeping our web searches private?

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