There could be many reasons why you are seeking out medical information on essential tremor. You may want to see if you have related symptoms, you may have been diagnosed with ET and want to learn more, or perhaps a friend or a loved one is experiencing either of these scenarios and you want to help.
The question at-hand: where do you go to get reliable, current information so that you can feel confident you understand correctly what is going on in the field. Fortunately, there are many websites on the internet that provide information on essential tremor. Let’s walk through several starting with the website of an organization whose mission is supporting people with essential tremor.
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International Essential Tremor Foundation
The International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF) is considered by many to be the leading organization in the world dedicated to those affected by essential tremor.
Their website has extensive information on ET geared towards the patient – from articles to videos. For this reason, it is a good place to start to get your basic information about ET before going deeper. In addition, you can find patient groups to connect with others.
1. National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is an institute funded by the U.S. federal government in support of medical research. Their website gives easy-to-read, accurate descriptions of conditions, causes, symptoms, and treatments by linking to trusted websites for specific information.
WebMD is one of the most popular sources of health information in the US and provides information and in-depth reference material about health topics. Content is reviewed by a medical editor for accuracy and understability.
The Mayo Clinic website features extensive disease/condition information, and goes a step further with its comprehensive and helpful “Treatment Decisions” section, Q&A section called “Ask a Specialist,” and many interactive quizzes, self-assessments, and calculators under “Health Tools.”
4. Medline Plus
Medline Plus, the website for the National Library of Medicine, is a comprehensive consumer health information website that provides information for many conditions. MedlinePlus has an extensive medical encyclopedia with infographics, diagrams and a medical dictionary that gives spelling and pronunciation tips. There is also information on wellness, diseases, and drugs.
Drugs.com is a website where patients can read about their prescriptions or research available medications for treating their condition. It has an easy-to-use drug interactions checker, and a pill identification wizard.
Beyond referring to one of these websites, there are steps you can take to help ensure the information you are getting is trustworthy. According to Johns Hopkins Health, consider the following tips for finding reliable health information online:
Follow these quick tips for “healthy” Internet searching:
• Don’t search the entire Internet. Start with the MedlinePlus.gov
• Evaluate commercial (“dot com”) sites carefully for bias and conflict of interest
• Check to see if the information is current
• Look for the credentials of the author (i.e. doctor, nurse, psychologist) to make sure the information is written by a health professional
While searching the Internet can be helpful and provide you with information about essential tremor, always consult with a qualified physician.
Insightec sponsors IETF events from time to time.