The ability of visitors to trust that the information on a medical Web site is accurate is apparently an important concept to the founder of PsychEducation.org , Jim Phelps , MD , a psychiatrist at Samaritan Mental Health in Corvallis , Ore.
A Washington Post story on the trustworthiness of medical Web sites merely kicks off the trust discussion.Dr. Phelps
devotes a whole page to the integrity of his
site , going as far as to encourage its visitors to be as skeptical as you want and ask questions , wonder out loud..It proudly boasts right under its main flag that the information contained on the site is written in plain English , and also trumpets that no advertising is accepted.Dr. Phelps
also proudly declares that the site was started with no funding , yet acknowledges that he
has since asked for and received a grant from Abbott Laboratories
.They make Depakote [ divalproex sodium ] , which you'll see we use a lot , though it's not without its problems , he
Despite its broad title , PsychEducation.org
is dedicated to providing current information on bipolar II disorder.The Guide for Patients and Families page includes good descriptions of diagnosis and treatment of the disorder , as well as printable copies of handouts on drug therapies Dr. Phelps
himself distributes to his
patients.Visitors can also sign up for e-mailed updates , or e-mail queries directly to Dr. Phelps
The Guide for Healthcare Providers addresses primary care management , destabilizing factors in the treatment of bipolar II , and mood-stabilizing drugs , as well as mood stabilization without medication.The site also answers important questions , such as how to treat a suicidal patient in a primary care office.All in all , this is an informative site that wears its integrity on its sleeve.Not a bad thing in this case.
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