3 Questions We Should Ask When Searching Online
Who wrote the article and who reviewed it?
Is it peer reviewed? Is it a reputable website?
Doe the information build upon current and past medical knowledge?
During our training in Physical Therapy when planning a research study we always started with a review of the medical literature. What did we know already and what was the next step? This saved us the embarrassment of putting a research proposal together on bad information or a poor foundation that would then be rejected by the research review board. (I saw this happen once and that team was definitely more prepared for their repeat review.) We stood on the shoulders of giants! If Einstein felt this way then that’s good enough for me.
“A hundred times a day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein
Why does this information seem good to you? Is it too good to be true?
Does it make promises of a quick recovery? If it seems too good to be true it probably is. If you have had your problem for a year expect that treatment will take some time. Quick fixes sometimes happen but they are the exception and not the rule.
An exception to this in medicine is the failure to ask ‘why’ and not understanding the problem more fully prior to treatment. If your medical team has taken the time to find out what is wrong then treatment becomes clear. So often time is not taken or the clinician lacks the experience to treat a problem. It doesn’t matter what treatment you have if you do not have the right diagnosis to begin with.
It doesn’t matter what treatment you have if you do not have the right diagnosis to begin with.
In our practice at Cornerstone the consistent questions I hear every week are these; what do I have and what can I do for it? We have added two others; what can Cornerstone do to help you and how long will it take?
What do I have?
What can I do for it?
Answering these two questions alleviates the stress and anxiety of not knowing. It’s like an Alfred Hitchcock film. It was scary not knowing what the villain or monster looks like but once you can see it our fear is dissipated. Not knowing is scary.
Why we go negative
So…you wake up one morning and you feel a lump in the side of your neck. Just reading this sentence probably made some of our heart rates increase. Maybe we know someone that had a lump that turned out to be cancer. Our past experiences, and people that we are close to, help frame our perspective when presented with new information.
How can we rewire our perspective? Here is a TED Talk from Harvard graduate and Psychologist Shawn Achor with many years of experience in this field. He gives us some tips on reshaping our wiring.