Get Trusted Health Information
There are plenty of resources available to help you make health care decisions. Be wary of websites sponsored by companies that are trying to sell you a particular treatment. It's better to contact reputable associations or visit websites run by government agencies and recognized organizations, such as the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association (1-800-621-8335). This information should complement, not replace, what you receive from a doctor. Here are some sites that are generally recognized as reliable information sources:
- HealthFinder.gov and MedlinePlus provide information on health issues, health care programs, and organizations.
- The Mayo Clinic offer an index of diseases and much more. The Medical Library Association links to websites suggested by librarians.
- National Institute of Mental Health provides information on research about understanding and treating mental illness.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides information on prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance abuse or mental health issues.
- The Healthcare.gov provides tools that help compare doctors, hospitals, and nursing homes.