There are numerous benefits of doing your own medical information research: it can help you better understand your diagnosis and your doctor's instructions; it can prepare you with important questions to ask your doctor; and it can facilitate compliance with your recommended therapies. This research doesn't have to be extensive: often, reading a pamphlet or a magazine article can get you started in the right direction. Getting information about-or contact with-others who have a similar condition can also be reassuring that others have undergone similar experiences; you may also benefit from others' tips, experiences, and research. This information is an adjunct to--not a substitute for--directed medical advice; however, all of these benefits can benefit your health.
The information age may have changed the way we get information and the speed at which we can access it. It has NOT changed the fact that the most credible, most valuable, and most appropriate source of medical information is still your personal health care provider. If you have general medical questions about diseases, disorders, or conditions, by all means, search the web. If you have specific questions about yourself or your child, ask your doctor.
Created: 9/24/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.