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Nursing & Medicine Research Guide: Consumer Health Sites

A good starting point for research in medical fields.

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Recommended Consumer Health Sites

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – U.S. government agency site with information on: Diseases & Conditions; Healthy Living; Travelers' Health; Emergency Preparedness, and More CDC Info, including data and statistics!
  • Family Doctor - from the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Harvard Health - featuring Harvard Medical School's Consumer Health Information.
  • Healthline - medical search engine offers medically filtered results developed by trained medical personnel. Formerly Your
  • A Healthy Me  - from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. Has news, special self-care sections such as high blood pressure, weight control, prostate health; also covers current issues such as prescription drug cards.
  • iTriage - a free mobile app to quickly answer medical questions, find care options and maintain personal health information.
  • MayoClinic - Excellent source of health information for the general public provided by the well-respected Mayo Clinic. Also has resource libraries in areas such as cancer, pregnancy, women's health, etc.
  • Medicine Net - . Doctor-produced by a network of over 70 U.S. Board Certified Physicians. Easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers, user-friendly, interactive web site. Owned and operated by WebMD
  • MedlinePlus - National Library of Medicine's comprehensive health information site with authoritative sections on Health Topics, Drugs & Supplements, informative Videos & Tools, a Medical Encyclopedia, and a Medical Dictionary from Merriam-Webster. Provides Organization and Directories links, the latter to help find nearby libraries, health professionals, services and facilities. Easy to read materials in a multitude of languages, interactive slide shows, real time videos of surgery and more.
  • Physician's Desk Reference - PDR for Patients provides disease overviews, clinical trials, drug information, and more.
  • Revolution Health - "Learning Centers" by disease/conditions, drug information, community sites, and "module" based info (diabetes, heart disease, etc.)
  • WebMD - a leading commercial provider of online information, educational services and communities for physicians and consumers

Why use consumer health sites?

Reliable consumer health & medical information is notoriously difficult to find on the Web, especially for patients. Check these sites to find quality health information for your patients, friends, or yourself.

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