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Searching for Health

The Smart Way to Find Information Online and Put It to Use

Kapil Parakh, MD, PhD
with Anna Dirksen

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An insider's guide to searching online, communicating with your physician, and maximizing your health from a doctor who works at Google.

We've all been there. Late at night, staring into the glow of a phone trying to make sense of some health-related issue that we know nothing about. In Searching for Health, Dr. Kapil Parakh, with Anna Dirksen, brings to life knowledge he gained from working at Google and practicing medicine. Helping readers avoid common pitfalls, get the information they need, and partner effectively with their health team to figure out a path to good health together, the book...

An insider's guide to searching online, communicating with your physician, and maximizing your health from a doctor who works at Google.

We've all been there. Late at night, staring into the glow of a phone trying to make sense of some health-related issue that we know nothing about. In Searching for Health, Dr. Kapil Parakh, with Anna Dirksen, brings to life knowledge he gained from working at Google and practicing medicine. Helping readers avoid common pitfalls, get the information they need, and partner effectively with their health team to figure out a path to good health together, the book distills decades of scientific research into a set of easy-to-follow tips. It also incorporates

• firsthand accounts of common challenges on the path to good health;
• an inside look at how doctors approach and assess health-related information;
• techniques that consumers can use to locate evidence-based information online, whether in blogs, social media postings, forums, or news stories;
• guidance on how individuals can make the best use of new technologies, such as health trackers and other applications;
• recommendations to help patients assess health information for themselves and make decisions based on what they find;
• brief summaries of the scientific studies underpinning the recommendations; and
• online and offline resources—including handy checklists and worksheets—to help readers prepare for appointments, discuss tough topics with their doctors, and take control of their health.

In addition to helping readers find evidence-based information online, the book provides insights into what you can expect from a visit to a doctor or hospital, how to make a decision about surgery or other treatment, what tests doctors will order, which symptom trackers are really effective, and what questions to ask about medications, supplements, and more. Searching for Health is a valuable resource for charting a healthier path through life.

Reviews

Reviews

Providing a framework that patients can use to research their health concerns online while teaching them how to more effectively communicate with their doctors, this clear and easy-to-follow book will be of great help to anyone who wants to make the most of their health care visits.

An easy-to-read, comprehensive guide, this is an excellent book for all patients trying to navigate their relationship with their doctor and get what they need. Parakh provides a true behind-the-scenes understanding of how doctors think.

Searching for Health offers clear, concise, and comprehensive guidance for patients seeking health information online. Helping readers understand their symptoms and conditions, Parakh also teaches them how physicians gather information from patients.

An informative and effective guide to seeking health information over the internet.

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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Prologue
Chapter 1. The First Signs of Illness
Chapter 2. Moving from Symptoms to a Diagnosis
Chapter 3. Meeting with Your Doctor about Your Diagnosis
Chapter 4. Receiving a Diagnosis
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How to Use This Book
Prologue
Chapter 1. The First Signs of Illness
Chapter 2. Moving from Symptoms to a Diagnosis
Chapter 3. Meeting with Your Doctor about Your Diagnosis
Chapter 4. Receiving a Diagnosis
Chapter 5. Deciding on Treatment
Chapter 6. Medications
Chapter 7. Surgery
Chapter 8. Lifestyle Treatment Options
Chapter 9. Complementary and Alternative Treatments
Chapter 10. Making Tough Decisions
Afterword
Notes
Index

Author Bios
Featured Contributor

Kapil Parakh, MD, PhD

Kapil Parakh, MD, MPH, PhD, a practicing cardiologist who trained at Johns Hopkins, works at Google. There, he has spearheaded efforts to provide high-quality health information to over a billion users.
Featured Contributor

Anna Dirksen

Anna Dirksen, MSc, the director of communications at ACCESS Health International, is a public health communications advisor to governments, nonprofits, and multinational organizations. She is the coauthor of Voices in Dementia Care: Reimagining the Culture of Care.