While MarGin does not recommend providers, interventions, studies, examinations, or treatments; we recognize that a well informed consumer can make choices best suited to her or his individuals needs and preferences.
The internet has been both a boon and a hindrance to researchers and the public. The array of information available after the internet became more accessible has grown exponentially for years. This presents laypersons with the daunting task of needing to not only find information but cross-check all information found to assure its applicability to the needs of the researcher.
MarGin offers healthcare research services to the public to aid in culling the volume of information to reach a manageable level that is of more use to the client. We screen to eliminate anecdotal information that does not result from structured examination.
Personal accounts, while heartening, frequently are not applicable outside the specific case described in the report. Research can identify controlled investigations that, while not meeting the criteria for general applicability, often lead to questions a client may bring to a provider to expand the list of available options the provider might use in pursuing a course of treatment.
MarGin does not, at any time, offer, recommend or suggest a course of treatment for any client. Research information available through MarGin cannot be used to diagnose or treat any disease or condition. This information is intended to better inform healthcare consumers to allow more effective communication with the consumer’s chosen healthcare provider. Failure to seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider may result in significant harm to the patient. MarGin can help consumers to ask better questions so that options may be better understood in the context of the patient’s own situation.
Among the many widely used healthcare and medical research web sites available are the sites listed below:
Digital Anatomist Interactive Atlases
Atlas of Human Anatomy
Inner Learning Online
LUMEN Structure of the Human Body
MedWeb Electronic Publications
The Visible Human Project
CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Institute of Mental Health
American Council of the Blind
Americans with Disabilities Act Document Center (ADA)
The Arc of the United States
Autism Society of America
Disability-Related Resources on the Internet
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Social Security Online
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Medical Association
Master List of Primary Care Teaching Topics
National Library of Medicine
VOLC-R: Primary Care Resources
American Council on Science and Health
American Medical Association
Centers for Disease Control
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Food and Drug Administration
Hardin Directory of Internet Health Sources
Mayo Health Oasis Clinic
MedWeb: Medical Libraries
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Library of Medicine Images
National Library of Medicine (NLM) Resource Lists and Bibliographies