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Nursing & Medicine Research Guide: Consumer Health Sites

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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 Doctor.com.
  • 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
  • Bedsider.org - "Bedsider.org (Bedsider) is an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a private non-profit organization. Bedsider is not funded by pharmaceutical companies. Or the government. Bedsider is totally independent.... [Their] goal is to help women find the method of birth control that’s right for them and learn how to use it consistently and effectively...."

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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