Official Patient's SourceBook on Otosclerosis

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This book has been created for patients who have decided to make education and research an integral part of the treatment process. Although it also gives information useful to doctors, caregivers and other health professionals, it tells patients where and how to look for information covering virtually all topics related to otosclerosis (also Otospongiosis), from the essentials to the most advanced areas of research. The title of this book includes the word official. This reflects the fact that the sourcebook draws from public, academic, government, and peer-reviewed research. Selected readings from various agencies are reproduced to give you some of the latest official information available to date on otosclerosis. Given patients' increasing sophistication in using the Internet, abundant references to reliable Internet-based resources are provided throughout this sourcebook. Where possible, guidance is provided on how to obtain free-of-charge, primary research results as well as more detailed information via the Internet. E-book and electronic versions of this sourcebook are fully interactive with each of the Internet sites mentioned (clicking on a hyperlink automatically opens your browser to the site indicated). Hard-copy users of this sourcebook can type cited Web addresses directly into their browsers to obtain access to the corresponding sites. In addition to extensive references accessible via the Internet, chapters include glossaries of technical or uncommon terms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780597841989
  • Publisher: Icon Group International, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/2004
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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Though many physicians and public officials had thought that the emergence of the Internet would do much to assist patients in obtaining reliable information, in March 2001 the National Institutes of Health issued the following warning: "The number of Web sites offering" health-related resources grows every day. Many sites provide valuable information, while others may have information that is unreliable or misleading." Since the late 1990s, physicians have seen a general increase in patient Internet usage rates. Patients frequently enter their doctor's offices with printed Web pages of home remedies in the guise of latest medical research. This scenario is so common that doctors often spend more time dispelling misleading information than guiding patients through sound therapies. ... This book has been created for patients who have decided to make education and research an integral part of the treatment process. ... While this sourcebook covers otosclerosis, your doctor, research publications, and specialists may refer to your condition using a variety of terms. Therefore, you should understand that otosclerosis is often considered a synonym or a condition closely related to the following: Otospongiosis.
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Table of Contents

Moving Forward
Chapter 1. The Essentials on Otosclerosis: Guidelines
What Is Otosclerosis?
How Do We Hear?
How Does Otosclerosis Cause Hearing Impairment?
What Causes Otosclerosis?
What Are the Symptoms of Otosclerosis?
How Is Otosclerosis Diagnosed?
How Is Otosclerosis Treated?
What Research Is Being Done on Otosclerosis?
Where Can I Get Additional Information?
More Guideline Sources
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 2. Seeking Guidance
Finding Associations
Finding Doctors
Finding an Otolaryngologist
Selecting Your Doctor
Working with Your Doctor
Broader Health-Related Resources
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 3. Studies on Otosclerosis
The Combined Health Information Database
Federally Funded Research on Otosclerosis
E-Journals: PubMed Central
The National Library of Medicine: PubMed
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 4. Books on Otosclerosis
Book Summaries: Federal Agencies
Book Summaries: Online Booksellers
The National Library of Medicine Book Index
Chapters on Otosclerosis
General Home References
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 5. Multimedia on Otosclerosis
Bibliography: Multimedia on Otosclerosis
Chapter 6. Periodicals and News on Otosclerosis
News Services and Press Releases
Newsletter Articles
Chapter 7. Physician Guidelines and Databases
NIH Guidelines
NIH Databases
Other Commercial Databases
Appendix A. Researching Alternative Medicine
What Is CAM?
What Are the Domains of Alternative Medicine?
Can Alternatives Affect My Treatment?
Additional Web Resources
General References
Vocabulary Builder
Appendix B. Researching Nutrition
Food and Nutrition: General Principles
Finding Studies on Otosclerosis
Federal Resources on Nutrition
Additional Web Resources
Vocabulary Builder
Appendix C. Finding Medical Libraries
Finding a Local Medical Library
Medical Libraries in the U.S. and Canada
Appendix D. Your Rights and Insurance
Your Rights as a Patient
Patient Responsibilities
Choosing an Insurance Plan
Medicare and Medicaid
NORD’s Medication Assistance Programs
Additional Resources
Online Dictionary Directories
General Dictionaries and Glossaries
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