One of the more frustrating lessons most of us have learned during the pandemic is how much experienced degreed scientists and medical professionals can disagree. And how the body of knowledge about disease can shift and change rapidly. If you decided to research more information yourself about the virus, you found yourself plummeting down multiple, contradictory rabbit holes. Even if you are looking for something as simple as safe and effective home remedies for a sore throat or an itchy rash, the amount of information available is overwhelming.
Learning to navigate online resources related to health begins with establishing a relationship with medical professionals who you like and trust, so that your research is an extension, not a substitute, of quality health care for you and your family. It also means starting your education with the best quality sites, those run by accredited medical schools and professional societies, clinics, pharmacies, and educational associations as well as sites that evaluate prescription medicines for side effects and contraindications and provide protocols for supporting well-being while dealing with chronic and acute illnesses.
Topics include the reasons you might need a second or third opinion, why there are so many opinions, the pros and cons of following medical studies, how to find valid information about what is called integrative or complementary medicine, and as a bonus, researching information on behalf of your pets.
– Take better charge of you and your family’s health and well-being.
– Educate yourself about warning signs that would require professional help.
– Create a list of sites to use to review health issues such as prescription interactions, first aid, and over-the-counter remedies.
– Bring informed questions and concerns to your visits with health care providers.
Original broadcast September 15, 2021
Presenter: Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face.. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.