Gone are the days when patients take life-changing diagnoses lying down. The first place people go to learn more about their health, especially when it is at risk, is the Internet. But this unregulated channel can be as harmful as it is beneficial when it comes to medical content.
As a step-by-step guide, The Web-Savvy Patient: An Insider’s Guide to Navigating the Internet When Facing Medical Crisis explores topics such as wading through search engine results, connecting with online communities, defining conditions, identifying the specialists, and organizing the outcome of your research so that doctors will listen. Delivering practical instruction and supplying real-life reassurances, author and recognized patient-empowerment pioneer Andrew Schorr encourages individuals and family members to retain control rather than fall victim to fear and worry. Schorr offers up true stories of empowered patients alongside the details of his own experience as a cancer patient, revealing how the Internet led him toward the physician, hospital, and treatment that he believes saved his life.
Enlightening and logically organized, the book is easy to listen and relate to. Respected medical experts, support groups, and patients agree that when it comes to improving the quality of online health content, Schorr, a longtime patient educator, medical journalist, and leukemia survivor, is the ultimate expert.
"It is rare to find personal patient experience, Web-based medical guidance and easy-to-follow health content in a single source. Schorr beautifully demonstrates how people looking to take charge of their health care can use the Internet as a valuable resource for understanding, coping and obtaining guidance." (Nehal N. Mehta, M.D., M.S., FACP, FAHA, Director of Inflammatory Risk, Preventive Cardiology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
"Trying to navigate medical information on the Web can be overwhelming and take time away from one’s personal recovery process. The Web-Savvy Patient helps patients focus on obtaining the most useful resources and advocating for their own best health. This accelerates the healing process, which is the most important benefit of all." (Pat Elliott, E-patient advocate and cancer survivor)
"The Web-Savvy Patient draws from Andrew Schorr’s own experiences as a patient with a serious illness, a reporter and a medical communicator. He writes from the heart with insight and hard-earned knowledge." (Tom Linden, M.D., Director, Medical and Science Journalism Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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