Doctors have long had mixed feelings about patients who show up for their appointments with armloads of Internet research. The tendency to self-diagnose based on web-based research has even spawned a whole new term: cyberchondriac.
Most medical experts realize that online research by patients is here to stay—and that can be a good thing because informed people who use credible sources are more prepared to take an active role in their own wellness.
Learning how other people resolve their health challenges can be a big boost when you’re facing one of your own. Thanks to a new interactive feature on the IU Health web site, you can find live video stories with people who’ve already traveled the path you may be on.
These resources allow you to search for patient experiences using a graphic of the body. Searching the site by body part, you can watch and hear content about treatment and recovery from people like:
- Josh, a young father who tore his ACL while playing basketball.
Jack, a retired senior whose shoulder replacements helped him recover his active lifestyle.
Video content is also tied to specific information about treatment and recovery to help you research conditions similar to your own. Try the new interactive content by visiting our Active Living and Joint Replacement resources.