- When you call or have an appointment with your doctor or other health care provider, it helps to be prepared with basic information and questions about your health concerns.
- In general the best places to find information on health and aging are the following:
- Trustworthy Web sites
- Libraries, including public, college and university, medical school, and hospital/patient libraries
- Government agencies and publications, including the National Institutes of Health, much of which is also on the Web
- Professional medical/specialty societies, such as the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians
- Other health-related, non-profit organizations, such as the American Diabetes Association
- Your own doctor's office
- The National Library of Medicine (NLM), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the world's largest medical library. The NLM is also the creator of the searchable databases MedLine Plus and Pub Med. Once you learn to use these sites, you can find and access information on almost any topic on health and aging.
- To search the World Wide Web, you can use search engines or subject directories, which search several indexes at once, using a key word(s).
You've completed the first section of Health Compass. The second section, Evaluate, contains more information on assessing the credibility and accuracy of health information Web sites.