Developing a Plan: Finding the Facts
Often, the first step in developing a plan is to gather information. Likely, you are trying to learn as much as possible about your loved-one’s medical condition.
1. Make a list of questions
We suggest you start by making a list of questions you have about your loved-one’s medical condition.
2. How can I assess the reliability of the sources of information?
Clinicians, especially doctors, will best be able to answer questions about your loved-one’s specific situation. Do not forget to talk with the other clinicians caring for your loved one. They too will be able to provide a lot of accurate and specific information that is directly relevant to your loved one.
- Check that the information you find is appropriate for your level of understanding and your need.
- Check the credentials of whoever is sponsoring or providing the information. Be suspicious of commercial sites, selling a particular product or approach.
- Be prepared for the fact that you may find information that is prone to misunderstanding or is disturbing to you. Remember, not all that is on the Internet is intended for a person in your situation nor may it be relevant
When looking for information look for Government sites meant for patients and families. Medline pluswww.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ is an excellent source of reliable information.