Top 20 Health and Medical Q & A Sites

As you work up the nursing career ladder through higher education, sometimes answers to your questions about medical and health issues go unanswered. The best way to find answers is to search online, and these top 20 health and medical question and answer sites offer resources that you can tap on a regular basis. The sites listed below are, on the whole, free to use. They are categorized by general and specific health and medical topics.

Health is WealthGeneral Topics

  1. Ask Dr. Joshua: Dr. Joshua is a neurosurgeon and provides free answers to medical questions regarding any medical specialty. Ask Doctor Joshua has been running since 2004, and was awarded the HonCode accreditation for trustworthy health information in 2006. Dr. Joshua is indexed in MedHunt, a medical search engine run by the Health On the Net Foundation. The purpose of this website is to provide medical information and general health advice to support, not to replace, the relationship between patient and physician.
  2. Ask the Doctor: Time, in partnership with CNN, offers a column that answers questions about general medical and health topics. Various experts answer questions to topics such as whether or not iPods are bad for hearing to why we remember “bad” things. You also can learn how much sleep you really need and whether or not you can get Prozac over the counter.
  3. Ask the Expert: Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, IL, offers answers to your wellness questions from experts in various fields. Get answers from a family medicine physician, a registered dietitian, an ear, nose and throat specialist, a diabetes specialist, an exercise specialist or a wound care specialist.
  4. Go Ask Alice! This is the health question and answer Internet resource produced by the Alice! Health Promotion Program at Columbia University — a division of Health Services at Columbia. The site does not receive funding to promote specific products, nor does it accept advertising of any sort.
  5. Health Q & A: STL Medical Supply offers a resource for users to ask questions about medical care. Topics include continence, home care, men’s and women’s issues, ostomy, urology and other issues such as insurance coverage.
  6. Health Questions and Answers: Locate a Doc offers expert doctors and specialists who have prepared an archive of health related questions and answers. Search through their Answer Archive to see if there is an answer to your health question. If you would like to see all the questions and answers for a certain specialty you may browse the archive.
  7. Just Answer: You can find doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses who have customized answers to all kinds of health and medical questions at this site. Just enter your question into the box to ask an expert. You also can ask follow-up questions and approve payments to your expert only when you’re satisfied with the answers.
  8. Kaplan’s Medical School Insider: Panelist Q&A: Each spring Kaplan presents its annual Medical School Insider event, a 2-hour live online discussion featuring experts in all areas of medical school admissions. While last year’s event attracted a record-breaking audience from all over the globe, the 2011 presentation promises to offer attendees even more opportunities to interact with and ask questions of the panel of experts.
  9. Mayo Clinic Symptom Checker: Although not a Q&A format, this resource provides answers to questions about symptoms that range from abdominal pain to wheezing. The answers are divided in adult symptoms and child symptoms, with a link to their references.
  10. Medical Research on the Internet: AllExperts offers several physicians worldwide who can answer medical questions for the general public, researchers, biomedical researchers, nurses and other health professionals.
  11. St. Bernards Healthcare Q&A: Located in Jonesboro, AR, this medical facility offers answers to questions about a variety of topics, including diseases, procedures and tests, medications, medical news and more. They even include a topic about alternative and natural treatments for various illnesses and injuries.

Take Charge Take CareSpecific Topics

  1. Ask a Nurse: Robyn Nazar, RN, BSN, provides a forum where users can ask questions about health and wellness. Topics include general health questions, pregnancy questions and weight loss questions. Nazar’s background is in women’s health, obstetrics, neonatal care, cardiology and general practice.
  2. Colonoscopy Q&A: Among cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S. But if everyone aged 50 years or older had regular screening tests, at least 60% of deaths from this cancer could be avoided. Harry Elvanides, MD, of Foundation Gastroenterology at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center answers some common questions people have about colonoscopies and why they are important to staying healthy.
  3. Heart Health Q&A: Resident cardiologists at Heart-Healthy Living offer answers to readers’ questions about cardiovascular health. Some answers are archived, but you also can ask different questions.
  4. Kids Health: The medical experts at this site answer some common and not-so-common questions from readers about parenting, diseases and conditions, the human body, and raising happy and healthy kids. Topics include medical conditions, safety, sexual development and behavior.
  5. Mental Health Expert Archive: This CNN site offers answers to mental health questions by Dr. Charles Raison. Raison is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He also serves as clinical director of the mind-body program and co-director of the Collaborative for Contemplative Studies.
  6. Q&A With Dr. Cullins: Dr. Cullins answers questions about common sexual health such as abortion, birth control, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy and relationship queries. She is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and she received her MD and MPH from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
  7. Retirement And Health Care Coverage…Questions and Answers For Dislocated Workers: Plant and business closings, downsizings, and reductions in hours affect employees in numerous adverse ways. This online booklet offered by the United States Department of Labor addresses some of the common questions dislocated workers ask.
  8. Transplant Center: The University of Maryland Medical Center offers answers to frequently-asked questions about donating kidneys. It is important that you fully understand how donating a kidney will affect you and your family. UMMC’s Kidney Disorders Program ranked as one of the nation’s 50 best by U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 “Best Hospitals” survey.
  9. Weekly Q&A Mental Health Chats: Psych Central hosts two weekly Q&A chats on mental health and relationship issues, led by Dr. John Grohol. These chats are meant as informational and educational chats. Psych Central also hosts weekly peer-led, self-help support groups on a variety of mental health issues.