3 ways healthcare professionals can find answers to niche medical questions
June 21, 2018
They say that information is power, and this is particularly true in the medical profession.
Yet, in a world where there are constant developments in research, technology and treatment, healthcare professionals can find themselves searching for more information or wanting another medical perspective.
Sometimes medical professionals have niche medical questions, or questions that are beyond the scope of their speciality.
Information sharing can improve diagnosis and treatment, producing better outcomes for patients.
Here are three simple ways medical professionals can broaden their scope of outreach and find answers to niche medical questions.
1. Find the right resources
The digital age has provided a range of resources for healthcare professionals seeking answers to medical questions.
Organisations dedicated to specific fields, such as Diabetes UK, offer a range of online resources and guides specifically for healthcare professionals, and the NHS has an entire online library of tools and industry reference materials.
Email and social media also gives healthcare professionals the chance to reach out to particular experts, such as via a personal message on LinkedIn.
Of course, subscribing to traditional medical journals still provides up-to-the-minute details of new research and treatments that can help answer specific medical questions.
2. Engage mentors
Finding a great mentor can be an excellent professional decision for people working in the healthcare profession, simply because some of the most important lessons cannot be taught in the classroom.
A great mentor can provide recommendations or introductions to industry groups or professionals who can answer particular medical questions.
A good mentor should be committed to working with you and should be available on an ad hoc basis to provide guidance on specific medical questions or point you in the direction of where you might be found.
Don’t limit yourself to a mentor from your own healthcare field and keep an open mind.
Great mentors teach a variety of skills including problem solving, which can be invaluable when future medical questions arise.
3. Use the Professr app
One of the easiest ways for healthcare professionals to find answers to specific medical questions is through the newly launched Professr app.
The Professr web app has been designed specifically for validated healthcare professionals to communicate, collaborate and provide support to one another.
The Professr app is free for registered healthcare professionals to use and is a fantastic resource when medical questions need answering.
The forum-style feature allows users to ask questions and contribute to discussions on any healthcare topic, whether it’s about diabetes, maternity or even infectious diseases.
Healthcare professionals can reach out to others in their own field and beyond, as well as build their own community of resources for future questions or discussions.
Importantly, the Professr app is a closed community, which means it’s not open to the general public.
This ensures that all users of the Professr app are qualified and will behave in a way that aligns with their professional codes of conduct.
Find out more about the Professr app and how it can help you find answers to niche medical questions here.
How do you find answers to niche medical questions? Know of any useful resources? Share your tips in the comments section below.