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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Her Internet research said it could help: Patient education

Susan Arazy has multiple sclerosis. In January, she emailed her physician, Dr. Moore, wanting his opinion on whether early intervention with Avonex would slow her disease's progression. Her Internet research said it could help.

During the appointment, her doctor read information on several web sites, confirming what Susan had found. He deemed it worth asking a specialist, and arranged an appointment with a neuro-opthalmologist.

Susan had educated herself and asked her doctor's opinion. Her doctor had considered it thoughtfully with her and promptly supplemented his own knowledge with the most up-to-date information.

Advice to patients: Educate yourself. And get a physician like Dr. Moore.

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