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Health Care Resources

The following resources provide evidence-based research, forums, consumer information, publications, and support information for health care professionals as well as the public.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualitywww.ahrq.gov
Bravewell Collaborativewww.bravewell.org
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviewswww.cochrane.org
Centre for Reviews and Disseminationwww.crd.york.ac.uk/crdweb
Clinical Trialswww.clinicaltrials.gov
Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journalwww.imjournal.com/index.cfm
MEDLINE Pluswww.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
National Cancer Institutewww.cancer.gov
National Guideline Clearinghousewww.guideline.gov
National Library of Medicinewww.nlm.nih.gov
NLM Gatewaygateway.nlm.nih.gov
Specialized Information Servicessis.nlm.nih.gov
The Merck Manualswww.merckmanuals.com

Health Information

American Cancer Societywww.cancer.org
American Childhood Cancer Organizationacco.org
Centers for Disease Control and Preventionwww.cdc.gov
Clinical Trialsclinicaltrials.gov
Consumer Product Safey Commissionwww.cpsc.gov
Consumer Reportswww.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm
Cosmetic Cautionhttps://safecosmetics.cdph.ca.gov/search/
Directory of Information Resourceswww.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/factsheets.html
Drug Information Resourcewww.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/drug_Aa.html
Emergency Preparednesswww.bt.cdc.gov and www.ready.gov
Environmental Healthwww.cdc.gov/Environmental/
Federation of State Medical Boardswww.fsmb.org
Food and Drug Administrationwww.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/default.htm
Food and Nutrition Information Centerfnic.nal.usda.gov
Food Safetywww.foodsafety.gov
Genetics Home Referenceghr.nlm.nih.gov
Global Healthwww.cdc.gov/GlobalHealth/
Haz-Map (occupational toxicology database)hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/index.php
Healthcare Reformwww.healthcare.gov
Healthy Living (CDC)www.cdc.gov/HealthyLiving/
HealthGrades (rating doctors, healthcare providers)www.healthgrades.com
Health Insurancewww.usa.gov/Citizen/Topics/Health/HealthInsurance.shtml
Health Resources and Services Administration—
Rural Health

Herbs and Supplementswww.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/herb_All.html
HIV InSitehivinsite.ucsf.edu
Hospital Compare (rating hospital care/services)www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov
Household Products Databasehouseholdproducts.nlm.nih.gov
Indian Health Service Communication Officewww.ihs.gov
Institute of Medicinewww.iom.edu
International Bipolar Foundationwww.internationalbipolarfoundation.org
National Center for Complementary and
Integrative Health

National Center for Health Statisticswww.cdc.gov/nchs/
National Council of State Boards of Nursinghttps://www.ncsbn.org/index.htm
National Institutes of Healthwww.nih.gov
National Institute of Mental Healthwww.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml
National Institutes of Health—Senior Healthnihseniorhealth.gov
National Womens’ Health Information Centerwww.womenshealth.gov
Native American Healthamericanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov
Nurses Health Studywww.channing.harvard.edu
Office of Dietary Supplementsods.od.nih.gov
Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR)www.pdr.net
Seafood Network Information Centerseafood.ucdavis.edu
Senior Healthnihseniorhealth.gov
Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacywww.hpoe.org
TOXNET (Toxicology and Environmental Health)toxnet.nlm.nih.gov
Traveler’s Healthwwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
U.S. Department of Agriculturewww.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome/
U.S. Department of Education Accreditation Listwww.ope.ed.gov/accreditation
U.S. Department of Health and Human Serviceswww.hhs.gov
Workplace Safetywww.cdc.gov/Workplace
World Health Organizationwww.who.int/en/

Things to Consider When Choosing a Health Information Site

  1. Who Created the Site—Sites with an ending such as .gov, .edu, or .org means the site is run by the government, an academic institution, or a nonprofit organization (respectively). This usually means the site contains comprehensive, well-researched, and nonbiased information. If the site ends in .com, check the About Us page. Some hospitals have a .com address. Check to see if the site is trying to steer you toward particular products and services. If so, you might want to find additional sites for information.
  2. Where the Information Comes From—A reputable site will tell you how they obtained their information, if there are advisors, as well as the credentials of the advisors. If the site makes claims that are too good to be true, or they promise quick, dramatic, or miraculous results, you should probably beware. Information should be current and not sponsored by an individual or organization with an inherent bias.
  3. How is Your Privacy Protected—Sites should have a privacy policy that states what information is collected and how it is used. If there is no posted privacy policy, a site can sell, rent, or share your