Finding Treatment Information

Need to find more information on tests and treatments commonly used for your condition? Make sure you go to trusted websites and sources. These websites can help get you on the right track in your search: is a general health information site that also contains short descriptions of common medical procedures. The site is owned and operated by WebMD. The doctors that produce MedicineNet are also the authors of the Webster's New World Medical Dictionary.

Mayo Clinic's public health site contains "decision tools" that help you decide what kind of treatment is best for your condition. Videos and slide shows explain several diseases and medical procedures.

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs is a new service by Consumers Union with free information comparing various prescription options for specific conditions. Some information is available in Spanish.

Harvard Health Publications-Diagnostic Tests is a searchable guide to diagnostic tests such as MRI, spinal taps and catheterization. It provides information about what to expect before, after and during the tests, and what tests might indicate.

National Cancer Institute Physician Data Query (PDQ) has short summaries about different cancers from NCI review treatment, screening and prevention, genetic and alternative and complementary medicine research from over 70 peer-reviewed journals. The summaries are updated monthly and many are available in Spanish. They are freely available at the NCI website or by calling the NCI helpline at (800) 4-CANCER or (800) 422-6237

The Effective Health Care Program created by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has several guides for patients and consumers based on research on a variety of topics, such as cancer, diabetes, and mental health.

More information available at Trusted Online Health Resources.

Resources reviewed June 2013


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