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    What websites do you recommend to patients?

    “One of the main websites I recommend to patients is the Johns Hopkins site. I feel that it’s pretty much non-biased. It’s more scientific and evidence-based—not that other sites aren’t—but I also know the site. It’s not too scientific for the layperson to understand, it elaborates on information and has good diagrams and pictures, and it explains different options. So I feel it’s a reasonable site for patients to start off with if I’m going to refer them to someplace online.

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    If it’s something specific, like GreenLight laser or robotic prostatectomy, I will also refer them to those specialty sites. Those websites are more commercially oriented but they do have good diagrams, videos, and things like that.

    Patients will go to the Internet; a lot of my patients have already looked up whatever they think they need online before they come in to see me. Then they can ask about whether the information is good or not. But there are still many people who just aren’t going to look online no matter what I recommend.”

    Kenneth R. Thomas, MD

    Starkville, MS

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    Karen Nash
    Karen Nash is a medical reporter and media consultant based in Monroeville, PA.

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