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Places to Find Good Medical Information.
The internet can be a scary place if your are trying to look for answers to health questions. A lot of information out there is misleading or downright false. Most medical websites are funded by advertising, and advertisers can influence the information that is presented. Some websites are just "infomercials" - very impressive ads for certain products or procedures. Remember, just because you see it on the internet does not mean it is true. Anyone with a computer can put their ideas on the internet, even if they have little or no knowledge of the facts they are reporting.
Below are some websites with information you can trust. The care providers at Our Family Practice often visit these very same websites when they have questions. Remember, these sites are for educational use only. Any questions concerning your medical diagnosis and treatment should be addressed with your doctor or nurse practitioner.
FamilyDoctor.org - The American Academy of Family Practice website for patient information. Here you can find information on all common medical conditions.
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force - The absolute best place to find information concerning "screening" tests. Screening tests (like a mammogram) are used to find a disease before you feel sick.
National Institutes of Health - The Federal Governments website for patient information. Very informative and accurate.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - A good site for reliable information concerning the importance of vaccinating your children.
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