The Official Patient's SourceBook on Gastroparesis

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This sourcebook has been created for patients who have decided to make education and Internet-based research an integral part of the treatment process. Although it gives information useful to doctors, caregivers and other health professionals, it also tells patients where and how to look for information covering virtually all topics related to gastroparesis, 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 ...
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Overview

This sourcebook has been created for patients who have decided to make education and Internet-based research an integral part of the treatment process. Although it gives information useful to doctors, caregivers and other health professionals, it also tells patients where and how to look for information covering virtually all topics related to gastroparesis, 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 gastroparesis. Following an introductory chapter, the sourcebook is organized into three parts. PART I: THE ESSENTIALS; Chapter 1. The Essentials on Gastroparesis: Guidelines; Chapter 2. Seeking Guidance; PART II: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ADVANCED MATERIAL; Chapter 3. Studies on Gastroparesis; Chapter 4. Patents on Gastroparesis; Chapter 5. Books on Gastroparesis; Chapter 6. Multimedia on Gastroparesis; Chapter 7. Periodicals and News on Gastroparesis; Chapter 8. Physician Guidelines and Databases; PART III. APPENDICES; Appendix A. Researching Your Medications; Appendix B. Researching Alternative Medicine; Appendix C. Researching Nutrition; Appendix D. Finding Medical Libraries; Appendix E. Your Rights and Insurance; ONLINE GLOSSARIES; GASTROPARESIS GLOSSARY; INDEX. Related topics include: Delayed gastric emptying, Gastroparesis diabeticorum.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780597832789
  • Publisher: Icon Group International, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/18/2002
  • Series: Official Patient Guides
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.38 (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 gastroparesis, your doctor, research publications, and specialists may refer to your condition using a variety of terms. Therefore, you should understand that gastroparesis is often considered a synonym or a condition closely related to the following: Delayed gastric emptying; Gastroparesis diabeticorum.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Overview
Organization
Scope
Moving Forward

PART I: THE ESSENTIALS
Chapter 1. The Essentials on Gastroparesis: Guidelines
Overview
What Is Gastroparesis?
Symptoms
Complications of Gastroparesis
Major Causes of Gastroparesis
Diagnosis
Diagnosing the Cause of Gastroparesis
Treatment
Points to Remember
More Guideline Sources
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 2. Seeking Guidance
Overview
Associations and Gastroparesis
Finding Doctors
Selecting Your Doctor
Working with Your Doctor
Broader Health-Related Resources

PART II: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND ADVANCED MATERIAL
Chapter 3. Studies on Gastroparesis
Overview
The Combined Health Information Database
Federally-Funded Research on Gastroparesis
The National Library of Medicine: PubMed
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 4. Patents on Gastroparesis
Overview
Patents on Gastroparesis
Patent Applications on Gastroparesis
Keeping Current
Chapter 5. Books on Gastroparesis
Overview
Book Summaries: Federal Agencies
Book Summaries: Online Booksellers
Chapters on Gastroparesis
General Home References
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 6. Multimedia on Gastroparesis
Overview
Video Recordings
Audio Recordings
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 7. Periodicals and News on Gastroparesis
Overview
News Services & Press Releases
Newsletter Articles
Vocabulary Builder
Chapter 8. Physician Guidelines and Databases
Overview
NIH Guidelines
NIH Databases
Other Commercial Databases
SpecializedReferences
Vocabulary Builder

PART III. APPENDICES
Appendix A. Researching Your Medications
Overview
Your Medications: The Basics
Learning More about Your Medications
Commercial Databases
Contraindications and Interactions (Hidden Dangers)
A Final Warning
General References
Appendix B. Researching Alternative Medicine
Overview
What Is CAM?
What Are the Domains of Alternative Medicine?
Can Alternatives Affect My Treatment?
Finding CAM References on Gastroparesis
Additional Web Resources
General References
Appendix C. Researching Nutrition
Overview
Food and Nutrition: General Principles
Finding Studies on Gastroparesis
Federal Resources on Nutrition
Additional Web Resources
Vocabulary Builder
Appendix D. Finding Medical Libraries
Overview
Preparation
Finding a Local Medical Library
Medical Libraries Open to the Public
Appendix E. Your Rights and Insurance
Overview
Your Rights as a Patient
Patient Responsibilities
Choosing an Insurance Plan
Medicare and Medicaid
NORD's Medication Assistance Programs
Additional Resources

ONLINE GLOSSARIES
Online Dictionary Directories

GASTROPARESIS GLOSSARY
General Dictionaries and Glossaries

INDEX

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