Patient Resource Guide A list of reliable resources developed by a team of medical librarians from The Power of the Patient Project. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can “Ask a Question” and the team of consumer health information specialists will search reliable sources from the leading medical centers and patient information libraries in the country to provide you with the most up-to-date information on any medical condition, according to the professional standards of the Medical Library Association.
MedlinePlus.gov “MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health’s Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. You can use MedlinePlus to learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition.”
Healthfinder.gov This website contains resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations to bring together the most reliable health information on the Internet.
GetBetterMaine “Maine’s Guide to Quality Healthcare” – Reporting quality information on Maine doctors and hospitals, the Maine Health Management Coalition Foundation (MHMC-F) hopes to empower the public to make informed decisions about the care they receive. Find comparisons of doctors, hospitals and find health resources.
KeepMEWell Use this tool to find out what you can do to improve your health and stay well. Assess Your Health Risk quickly and recieve 3 reports that will help you take action and find local support. Learn where and how to find low cost healthcare services.
Senior Health This easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Useful the buttons at the top of each page to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud.
KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.
Alternative Medicine/Complimentary Health The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the leading agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine.
What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Here are some suggestions at MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing.