Many people we spoke to access the internet for information, particularly if they cannot find what they are looking for any other way. Others go to the internet first because it is convenient.
The best course of action is to verify information found on the internet with doctors, which is what a number of people we spoke to do. They say that it is important to assess the accuracy of the information and, most importantly, how it applies to their situation. Some people also find the internet useful in sharing experiences with other people in similar situations to them, and in drawing their attention to other options, which they can then explore further with their health professionals. One person we spoke to found her current specialist through the recommendation of another chat room participant; another was suggested a treatment for a side effect that had bothered her for a long time and for which she had not found another solution.
Some people are uncertain about the credibility of internet resources, whereas many others have found reliable websites that they visit regularly. People also have mixed experiences with internet support groups, online forums and blogs. Again, people find it helpful to discuss their concerns with their doctor.