- When you or your child has a medical need, where do you get good advice on treatment options?
- Does an upset stomach require a doctor's appointment or something more urgent?
Knowing when to call your family physician or seek more urgent care at an InstaCare or at a hospital emergency room can help you receive the most appropriate care, which can save time and money.
A tool featured on Intermountain Healthcare's website is an interactive health symptom checker. By selecting a body area on the diagram, you can learn about common symptoms that affect the head, eyes, ears, nose and mouth, neck and throat, abdomen, limbs, and areas throughout the body. Select a symptom and the tool will ask questions. Based on your answers, it will tell you whether and how soon you may need medical attention. This can also help you as your describe your symptom to your family doctor or to other medical caregivers. To try it, visit Check Your Symptoms on Intermountain Healthcare's website.
Another tool for kids, teens, and parents: Intermountain's Primary Children's Medical Center is partnering with an award-winning source of information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. The site, KidsHealth, provides easy-to-read information about diseases, nutrition, parenting, growth, development, and many other topics. And, all KidsHealth articles, animations, games, and other content go through a rigorous medical review by pediatricians and other medical experts. Ongoing medical reviews ensure the information is as up-to-date as possible.
These excellent, free medical tools are available through the Intermountain Health Resources website at intermountainhealthcare.org/health-resources. This site gives access to a full range of information and tools to help you manage your health, learn about symptoms and conditions and their treatment options, and locate the right types of healthcare professionals to provide the care you need.
Information includes nationally-recognized and award-winning health encyclopedias, health education materials based on clinical evidence and experience from Intermountain and Primary Children's Medical Center, and classes and health-related events offered across the Intermountain system.