MedicineNet.com's Role as Educator

"An integral role of the doctor caregiver is one of educator....teaching patients and family members about their bodies, health, and illness as well as complications, prognosis, and potential side effects of therapies is a characteristic of being a doctor... without question MedicineNet.com allows patients and families to acquire higher levels of knowledge about these health concerns, each at their own pace...this affords patient understanding, comfort about decision-making processes, and satisfaction about self-empowerment related to their own, friends' and family members' health."

William Shiel Jr., M.D., F.A.C.P.
Chief Medical Editor, MedicineNet.com

When it comes to Healthcare, knowledge is more than just power. It's peace-of-mind. The more informed people feel about their health, the more comfortable they feel making Healthcare decisions. In addition, when it comes to the health of a loved one, reliable information from a trusted source can be the difference between needless worrying and positive action.

Ideally, the trusted source in both these instances would be an individual's personal physician. However, sometimes a timely or lengthy consultation isn't practical or possible. Moreover, even in those cases where a medical consultation is possible, it's not uncommon for people to formulate additional questions after the consultation.

It was for those occasions that MedicineNet.com was created. Loaded with content produced by practicing physicians - yet focused towards the general public - MedicineNet.com is the Internet's comprehensive source for people who want to research a variety of medical and health subjects. Individuals can peruse the site at their own pace, searching for information that will enlighten their decision making processes or simply satisfy their curiosity. They can research ailments, treatments, and medications. Moreover, when the search for one answer raises even more questions, they can research those questions with the click of a mouse.

It is this dynamic interactivity that is the heart of MedicineNet.com. And it's what sets MedicineNet.com apart from published medical journals. The quality of the content is similar, but with MedicineNet.com, readers can choose what subjects to explore.

Readers receive high quality information specific to their circumstances. They can interact. They can ask different questions and take the conversation in the direction they choose. A visit to MedicineNet.com can't replace a one-on-one consultation. However, it can help make people better informed about the health and medical issues facing them. It is this knowledge that empowers them to make better decisions.

Last Updated: November 20, 2013

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