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When you see a patient, you're going to have some questions about their condition or potential condition.
Those more basic, general questions are background questions. Let's say you've just spoken with a patient who you believe to have retinitis pigmentosa. Your background questions might include things like:
What are the symptoms of retinitis pigmentosa?
What are treatment options for this disease?
What are the cormorbities associated with this disease?
What are the incidence and prevalence rates associated with this disease?
Where can you look for information that answers these questions?