To find answers to health care questions, patients can speak directly with their doctors, read questions and answers on the forums of medical sites such as the Cleveland Clinic, or learn about health problems on sites such as WebMD. These medical websites offer information on everything from treatments to medical devices.
The Cleveland Clinic has a live chat option for patients who wish to remain anonymous but want to ask questions about their conditions. It also has an online forum with a number of basic questions and comprehensive answers on everything from alternative therapies for migraine treatment to whether a vegan diet can help lupus patients into remission.
WebMD and Healthline both offer symptom checkers that allow patients to input their symptoms and discover possible causes, as well as explore various treatment options. These sites also include question and answer sections that allow patients to pose questions to medical professionals.
The best advice for specific questions comes from a patient's primary physician or specialist, reports the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The doctors actively treating the patient can look at specific testing results and perform diagnostic examinations, making it possible to answer questions more specifically on a personal level. Asking questions of care providers is also important because it allows the doctor and patient to build trust and ultimately leads to higher quality care.