Medical Information on Internet. Should we Google Our Symptoms ?

In addition to our article “before going to the doctor, prepare his consultation,” here are ten tips to become a pro at health on the web research.

1 Dare!

Search for medical information on the Internet can take better care of his health. For a patient, his illness know better allows to enrich the relationship with caregivers.

Several studies show that patients who have access to pertinent information about their health are more able to participate in medical decisions, take control of their health and so improve it, they are also more satisfied with their decision to load. Observed in these patients “informed” of essential changes in behavior, which leads them to play a more active role in the care process. Even if the studies are methodologically tricky to achieve, research shows that most committed patients in the process of care, better informed, have better clinical results.

2. Use the Internet

The Internet is a source of information of great wealth. The challenge is to find appropriate and relevant information based on the questions you ask yourself.

3 The Internet does not replace a medical consultation

Finding health Internet information should not replace a medical meeting. The Internet is an information tool, not a diagnosis. Feel free to talk about the results of your research with a health care professional, with your doctor in particular.

4. Visit several sites

To find the answer to a question you ask yourself, feel free to visit several websites to compare their results.

5. Do not use Google

Do not use a search engine in the first intention; the results are often disappointing. You must first use sites that provide information for the general public but quality.

6 Choose medical portals

Unlike search engines, medical portals allow you to find validated information. Alternatives are many; we can, for example, think about MedlinePlus or UpToDate Patient.

7. Use a site devoted to the disease

If you are looking for information about a particular condition, the ideal is to find a site that is specifically dedicated to your disease.

If you do not yet know a quality site about your disease, you can try the following trick: enter in your favorite search engine the name of your illness and the name of your country. This patriotic trick allows finding sites association or society.

This trick can also be extended to the entire francophonie, adding in addition to the name of your illness to the word “France” or “Qu├ębec” or “Canada” will allow you to find sites of quality beyond our borders.

Apart from diseases, there are also sites dedicated to specific aspects of health, for travel medicine, or for those who want to quit smoking.

8. If you see (despite everything) a search engine

Use “more precise medical keywords. ‘” Many” to limit the number of results, “medical” to find quality information”precise” so that the results truly meet your needs. The selected keywords will influence your results; you will not get the same results with “helplessness” or “erectile dysfunction.”

The use of a search engine may, however, prove to be very useful if you do a very thorough search, Google can find a needle in a haystack.

9 Other languages

If you speak a language other than English, you can in the event of failure renew your search in another language.

10 Beware (still)

Always ask yourself who edits the site (doctor, patient, laboratory, insurance, journalist, etc.), if the authors are independent and when the publication date.

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