SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 19 Are you sick? Are you gettingthe best treatment? Do you want to check out alternative therapies? Do youunderstand your symptoms? Do you know why you are taking your medications? Howcan you monitor your health? Can you access your doctor easily? Do you knowhow experienced your doctor is, and whether he or she is expert in yourillness?
The practice of healthcare is about patients and doctors sharinginformation -- both face to face, and online. Medicine is increasingly beingpracticed online, as we gradually move into the Information Age.
"Your Health in the Information Age" is an exciting new book that showspatients how they can work more closely with their doctors by using theinternet effectively.
Are you one of the 10 million Americans who search for health informationon the Internet for themselves or for loved ones every single day?
Top Tips for Patients
1. Do you want to be able to email your doctor, but don't want to troublethem? Find out the best way of approaching your doctor on this subject, andlearn about "netiquette" (etiquette on the Internet).
2. Are you sure you are getting the best, and most up-to-date, treatment?Find out where to look for treatment guidelines.
3. Are you considering taking part in a clinical trial? Find out how bysearching national databases of available clinical trials.
4. Do you want to improve your relationship with your doctor? Go online;simplify your healthcare; ask about e-prescribing options.
5. How is your healthcare going to change in the future? Find out aboutvirtual reality and online doctors and clinics.
6. Are you an Internet addict? Or are you a "cyberchondriac"? Testyourself, and look for solutions if you or someone you know needs them.
About the Author
Peter Yellowlees MD is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the HealthInformatics Program at the University of California Davis. He is deputy editorof the Medscape Journal of medicine (http://www.medscape.com) and has lived inEngland, Australia and the USA. He is an internationally recognized expert inhealth on the Internet and his current projects involve virtual reality usingSecond Life (http://www.secondlife.com), telemedicine, email and videoconsulting and bioterrorism responses. He has written over 150 scientificarticles and four books, has lectured in more than 20 countries, and hasundertaken many media interviews. He lives with his wife Barb, in Sacramento,California.
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