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Consumer Healthcare Internet Resources

A team of public and medical librarians have reviewed the websites below, and judged them to be the most comprehensive, up-to-date, trustworthy online sites for your needed medical information. Need more information? Visit your local library!

These websites are provided by the CLIC-on-Health project of the Rochester Regional Library Council a multi-type library network that promotes information, resource sharing and collaboration between public, academic, school and corporate libraries.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-Effective Health Care Program

Just one food item on the menu? Only one dress in the store? You expect to have options everywhere else in life. Why not with your health care? The Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, supports the Effective Healthcare Program, which offers free research to help you understand the benefits and risks of various treatment options. You might not think to ask why your doctor recommends a certain treatment or if other options are available. The Program provides unbiased information that compares treatment options for many common health conditions and has tips to help you talk with your doctor. Because knowing your options is the best option.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-Effective Health Care Program

ChooseMyPlate

The Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that some of the most commonly searched topics by consumers on the Internet are weight management and nutrition. ChooseMyPlate offers personalized eating plans, sections for preschoolers and moms, and the well known pyramid food groups. It also offers interactive tools and podcasts which are formats the appeal to a wide range of consumers.

ChooseMyPlate

Drug Digest

At DrugDigest you can access easy-to-read reference materials on topics ranging from drugs, vitamins, and herbs to breakthrough medical research and state-of-the-art disease management. Through its free eBulletin service, Drugdigest can provide its visitors with the latest news and research on the health conditions that matter most to them. In addition, DrugDigest provides a Drug Interactions database, where visitors can check interactions between two or more drugs and get detailed information regarding potentially harmful drug interactions. A Seniors Corner is dedicated to keeping seniors informed about topics that are the most important to them.

Drug Digest

FamilyDoctor.org

Created and maintained by the American Academy of Family Physicians, Family Doctor contains original articles geared toward the general public on topics ranging from medical conditions, diseases, drugs, and children's health. Each article contains links to other articles on related diseases, and relevant treatments, as well as links to organizations that specialize in the given subject.

FamilyDoctor.org

HealthFinder.gov

Chosen by the national Medical Librarians' Association as one of the ten best websites, Healthfinder includes over 1600 topics, and links to information from non-profit organizations and government agencies. It includes a Quick Guide to Healthy Living, Personal Health Tools, an ability to customize health information, and listings of doctors and hospitals. This site focuses on preventive measures to insure good health, and into customizing information for individuals.

HealthFinder.gov

KidsHealth

The librarian liaison to Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center usually goes to this site first when she's looking for information for families about their children's health. It is comprehensive and has information written especially for parents, teens and children. It has information that is important to young people such as food, fitness, and sexual health. It also uses formats that intrigue kids: quizzes, movies, etc. There is also kids' dictionary and a search box.

KidsHealth

Lab Tests Online

You will find up-to-date lab testing information on this website. It is designed to help patients better understand the many clinical lab tests used for diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. It provides helpful background for understanding why a test might be given and how to interpret its results. Developed by the laboratory professionals who do the testing, it is sponsored by the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

Lab Tests Online

MedLinePlus

MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer all types of health questions. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus provides easy access to medical journal articles as well as extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutoials, and the latest health news. Information is available in multiple languages.

MedLinePlus

National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute's Web site provides accurate, up-to-date information about many types of cancer, information about clinical trials, resources for people dealing with cancer, and information for researchers and health professionals. The PDQ database for patients and physicians has great information on specific cancers. There is also a glossary with explanations of cancer drugs.

National Cancer Institute

Nutrition.gov

The Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that some of the most commonly searched topics by consumers on the Internet are weight management and nutrition. Nutrition.gov has lots of information on weight management, nutrition, and health. Lots of information for vegetarians is also included.

Nutrition.gov

Haven't found what you need yet?

A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web - contains additional links for information on diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. A set of guidelines on how to evaluate/trust health websites is also available in case you happen upon medical information that's not contained in any of the above trusted sites.

Or go to the CLIC-on-Health website sponsored by the Rochester Regional Library Council. CLIC-on-Health has information on additional trusted sites and local health agencies.

Healthcare Resources Clic-on-Health

CLIC-on-Health Community and Library Information Collaboration on Health is a project of the Rochester Regional Library Council and all libraries in the greater Rochester area.

CLIC-on-Health is a collaboration of hospital, public and school librarians, in order to provide all the people of the greater Rochester, New York area with the high-quality healthcare information and resources they need to make wise lifestyle and healthcare choices. The project features: websites and RSS feeds from reliable, up-to-date websites; all of the websites follow the HON (Health on the Internet Foundation) guidelines for authoritative content, which distinguishes ads from reliable medical content; information on medical and healthcare providers in the Rochester region, through links to cooperating websites and training in the use of health information on the Internet.

The project is coordinated by the Rochester Regional Library Council, a multi-type library consortium serving libraries in the 5-county (Monroe, Livingston, Wayne, Wyoming and Ontario) Rochester area.

 

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