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June 26, 1996

Health Online: How to Go Online to Find Health Information, Support Forums, and Self-Help Communities in Cyberspace

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1996;275(24):1932-1933. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530480074046

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As a physician, you would like to identify resources to help your patients and their families comply with your treatment regimen and cope with their problems. Your local community does not offer readily accessible, comprehensive sources of consumer information or peer support for conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, hearing loss or deafness, Sjögren's syndrome, rare genetic disorders, or loss of a loved one. How can you find other people in your town or city who can help your patients with such conditions maintain a high quality of life? How can you ascertain which resources promote cooperation with medical professionals?

Health Online provides information on how to get answers to those questions. The book reflects the author's decades of experience as a leading advocate of self care and peer support. Dr Ferguson's ambitious goal is to enable readers to take a giant step toward creating a "new health care system"