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Section 22. Find Health Information with Google

Section 22. Find Health Information with Google

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FormulateaSearch

YousearchforhealthinformationonGoogleasyoudoforany

otherinformation;thereisnohealth-specificGooglewebsite.

Whensearchingforhealth-relatedinformation,beasspecific

aspossibleabouttheconditionforwhichyou'relooking.An



exceptionalamountofhealthinformationisontheInternet,

andifyoudon'tnarrowyoursearch,you'llsoonbecome

overwhelmed.

ExamineSearchResultsCarefully

Youshouldbeveryskepticalabouthealthinformationyou

findonline.Thereareplentyofscammersandcrackpotsout

there,andyoudon'twanttobevictimized.Sonomatter

whatresultsarereturned,checkwhetherthesourceisa

reputableone.Isitfromalarge,well-knownwebsitesuchas

www.webmd.comorfromasiteasociatedwithamajor

medicalassociation,university,hospital,ormedicalschool?If

so,theinformationyoureadthereshouldbetrustworthy.But

ifthesearchresultlinkstoasitethat'snotfromaknown,

reputablesource,bevery,veryleeryofwhatyoufindthere.



Tips

Justbecausesomeoneincludesthehonorific"Dr."in

frontofhisnamedoesnotmeanthatheisamedical

doctor.Anyonewhohasreceivedadoctorate(inEnglish

literatureorchemicalengineering,forexample)canuse

"Dr."infrontofhisname.

Similarly,ifsomeonecallshimselfamedicalpractitioner,

thatdoesnotmeanheisadoctor.Soifyousee

someonereferredtoasDr.JoeSmith,medical

practitioner,theoddsareheisnotamedicaldoctor

qualifiedtodispensemedicaladvice.



LookforSponsoredLinks

Often,theSponsoredLinksareaontherightsideofthe

Googlepagehassitesrelevanttotheinformationyou're

lookingfor,somakesuretocheckoutthoselinksaswellas



yoursearchresults.However,keepinmindthattoshowup

asasponsoredlink,allacompanyhastodoispay

GoogleGoogledoesnotcheckthemedicalqualificationsof

companieswhobuyads.

GoogleYourDoctor

Googlecanhelpyoufindinformationaboutyourexisting

doctororadoctoryou'reconsideringusing.Searchusing

yourdoctor'sname,affiliation,address,andanyother

identifyinginformation.

You'llmostlikelyfindawidevarietyofsearchresults.Lookat

thedoctor'sorpractice'swebsite,andlookforaffiliations,

education,internship,boardcertifications,andsimilar

information.Followupeachofthosefactsforexample,ifthe

doctorclaimsaspecialtyfromaboardorgroup,searchfor

thatboardorgroup,andthendoasearchonthesiteyou

findtodeterminewhetherthedoctorinfacthasbeen

certifiedforthatspecialtybythatboardorgroup.

FindStateBoardorCertificationInformation

Doctorsarecertifiedbyastateboard.Increasingly,the

websitesforthesestateboardsincludeagreatdealof

informationabouteverydoctorinthestate,includingdata

aboutthephysician'sspecialties,education,employment

background,andotherbasicinformation.Andthestate

boardsoftenprovideinformationaboutanydisciplinaryaction

taken,ormalpracticeclaimsfiled,againstthedoctor.Search

foryourstate'sname,alongwithtermssuchas"doctor

certification"tofindthesite.Youmightalsobeableto

checkwithyourstate'sdepartmentofconsumeraffairsto

determinethenameofthesite.

FindanOnlinePharmacy

Manypharmaciessellprescriptionmedicationsonline,and



youcanfindthembysearchingforthenameofthedrug

you'vebeenprescribedorthatyou'reinvestigating.Butyou

needtobecarefulaboutbuyingfromanonlinepharmacy:

Makesureit'sreputable,willdeliverthemedications,and

thattheproductyouwillactuallyreceiveisavalid

medication.

Don'ttrustsearchresultswhenlookingforanonline

pharmacy.Thesponsoredlinksaremoretrustworthybecause

ofGoogle'sOnlinePharmacyQualificationProgram.Inorder

forasitetobeallowedtobuyadsandshowupinthe

SponsoredLinkslistforpharmacysearches,thesitemust

bequalifiedbytheprogram,whichusestheSquareTradeID

program.SquareTradeverifiesthatthepharmacyandits

pharmacisthavebeenproperlylicensedandthattheyadhere

totheindustrypracticesoftheNationalCommunity

PharmacistsAssociation(NCPA).Beaware,though,thatthis

appliesonlytotheadsnottothegeneralsearchresults.

WebResource

www.google.com/adwords/pharmacy_qualification.html

ThissiteoffersdetailsaboutGoogle'sOnlinePharmacy

QualificationProgram.



23.GetTechnicalSupportwithGoogle

BEFOREYOUBEGIN



PerformaBasicGoogleSearch



SEEALSO



AboutPowerSearchingStrategies



PerformanAdvancedGoogle

Search

AboutGoogleSearchOperators

SearchThroughGoogleGroups



ThankstoGoogle,gonearethedaysofwaitingonholdfor30

minutesonatechnicalsupportline,onlytobe"helped"by

someonewhosegraspofEnglishisaspoorasherabilityto

solvetechnicalproblems.Andgonearethedaysofpaying$25

forasingletechnicalsupportphonecall.

Instead,youcanturntoGoogle,whichcanhelpsolvemany

problemsquicklyinparticular,thosequestionshavingtodowith

computerproblemswithouthavingtoresorttotechnical

support,asyou'llseeinthistask.[clickhere]



GetTechnicalSupportwithGoogle



DocumenttheProblem

Computerproblemsoftenhaveveryspecificcausesand

solutions,andunlessyouverypreciselydetailyourproblem,

it'sunlikelyyou'llfindasolutiontoit.Sofirstwritedown

everythingyouknowabouttheproblem,includingthe

softwareversionorhardwaremakeandmanufacturer,and



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