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Three Reasons Why
Wikipedia is NOT an Appropriate Resource for Consumer Health Information
- Anyone can write entries or add information to Wikipedia. The contents is not necessarily created by experts in the field and may not be accurate.
- There is no regulation as to how often Wikipedia pages are updated. The information provided could be out of date.
- Wikipedia entries are not written with the consumer in mind. They often contain technical terms and very scientific content.
For more information on evaluating Health Information on the Web, see Medline Plus's Guide to Health Information
EVALUATING HEALTH INFORMATION FROM THE WEB
Look for the HONcode
When evaluating a website, look for the HONcode at the bottom of the page. The Health on the Net Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to evaluate online health information. If a website applies for certification and meets the criteria set up by this organization, it is given a HONcode seal which is displayed on the website's footer.
More information about the HONcode.
Consumer Health Resources
The premier consumer health information website created by the National Library of Medicine. It should be the first stop for all your consumer health questions (available in Spanish)
Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information in MEDLINEplus
Find information on both prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including side effects and dosage. (Available in Spanish)
CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
A division of the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC is dedicated to promoting "health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability." Of special interest to the consumer are the resources about diseases, conditions, and other special topics arranged under "Health Topics A-Z," and "Travelers' Health," with health recommendations for travelers worldwide. There are also sections on health topics in the news and health hoaxes. Information is also available in Spanish.
Information on current and past clinical trials worldwide. Maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.
Maintained by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Access to resources on the site is also available in Spanish.
An evidence-based consumer and patient health site developed by the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care.
Provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, KidsHealth provides families with accurate, up-to-date, and jargon-free health information they can use.
Provides quality health information written for the general public.
The official website for the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
NIH National Institue on Aging
Contains aging-related health information for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information.
AHFS Drug Information
Note: AHFS can be accessed two ways. 1. Click on the link above. Only one person can use this e-book at a time. AHFS can also be accessed in Lexi-Comp. Open Lexi-Comp, then click on "Indexes." Scroll down until you see AHFS DI.
HealthReach offers easy access to quality health information in many languages that healthcare providers can share with limited English proficiency individuals. HealthReach is also an important resource for health professionals and public health administrators seeking best practices and population-specific tools, such as cultural backgrounders and tips for effective use of interpreters.
Understanding Prescription Medication Labels
The label on your prescription bottle contains information from your doctor and your pharmacy about using your medication correctly. Use the guide to identify the key sections.
National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials
Information from the National Cancer Institute for patients and caregivers about what is involved in clinical trials, as well as a search form to find current cancer clinical trials.
Created by The National Library of Medicine in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration to aid in the identification of unknown pills.
Finding Consumer Health Information from Library Databases
Many of the library's Drug Information databases also contain patient education handouts that are written to a 3rd to 4th grade reading level. Try using the following resources to find consumer information on drugs or diseases:
Micromedex This link opens in a new window
A comprehensive database collection which contains resources on drug information, alternative therapies, emergency medicine and protocols, toxicological management, and patient care handouts. It is used to support clinical decision-making and high-quality patient care.
Lexicomp Online This link opens in a new window
Provides point-of-care drug information from 13 clinical databases and 4 clinical applications. Databases include Lexi-Drugs, Pediatric Lexi-Drugs, and Geriatric Lexi-Drugs as well as Clinician's Guides to Diagnosis, Internal Medicine and Laboratory Medicine. Clinical Applications include drug interactions, tablet & capsule identification, medical calculations and patient advisory leaflets.
Facts & Comparisons eAnswers This link opens in a new window
Provides information on drugs, drug interactions, natural medicines and drug news updates, and also contains handouts for patient education, counseling, and drug therapy management.
Clinical Pharmacology This link opens in a new window
Drug compendium to fulfill the drug reference requirements for licensed pharmacies and to determine the appropriate use of drugs and biologics for cancer patients.
Note:For full access, first register for an account. Then, send an e-mail to email@example.com indicating that you have registered and require a link for full access.