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Consumer Health Guide   Tags: consumer_health, medicine, public, reference  

A comprehensive guide to Consumer Health resources online. All resources are available to the public from anywhere.
Last Updated: Jul 6, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Health Services Information

  • Search for Board Certified Doctors
    The American Board of Medical Specialties' doctor locator allows users to search for physicians by name, by location, or by specialty.
  • AMA Doctor Finder
    The American Medical Association's online physician locator provides basic professional information on more than 814,000 doctors.
  • California Healthcare Atlas  
    On statewide basis, the California Healthcare Atlas of Maps and Healthcare Data Visualizations presents a variety of facts such as numbers of hospitals, financial reimbursement rates, procedure usage, nurse shortage areas, and numbers of people having health insurance.

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Sources of Reliable Information

Selected Web sources providing general consumer health information:

  • Healthfinder
    Federal government’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion maintains this consumer health information site. Visitors to this site will find user-friendly access to fact sheets and answers to frequently-asked health questions.
  • Intelihealth
    Site provides credible information from the most trusted sources, including Harvard Medical School and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. InteliHealth’s content includes health news and access to tools and risk assessments.
  • MedlinePlus
    Site brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, The National Institutes of Health, along with other government agencies and health-related organizations.
  • National Institutes of Health: Consumer Health Information
    A variety of general health information is provided by the National Institutes of Health’s site. Topics are categorized by subject and can be browsed using quick links or an A-Z guide.
  • Net Wellness
    Non-profit consumer health site has been in operation for over ten years and is maintained by medical and health professional faculty at the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University, and Ohio State University.

Specialized Sites

Selected Web sources providing general consumer health information:

  • California Quality Health Care Report Card
    Site is managed by The Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) is an independent office in California state government charged with informing and educating consumers about their rights and responsibilities.
  • CAPHIS - Consumer and Patient Health Information Section
    Site is a section of the Medical Library Association’s Web site. This section provides a listing of 100 consumer health related Web sites that have been evaluated and found to be of significant quality.
  • Healthy People 2020 - Improving the Health of Americans  
    Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measure the impact of prevention activities.
  • Lab Tests Online
    Provides information on common lab tests, including how the test sample is obtained, what the results mean, and answers to commonly asked questions. A guide to screening tests and select disease information is also provided.
  • Physical Activity  
    Comprehensive site on physical activity information and plans for consumers and health professionals.

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  • HealthMap
    “HealthMap brings together data sources to achieve a comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization).”

Google Flu Trends

Google Flu Trends

  • Google Flu Trends
    “Google Flu Trends uses aggregated Google search data to estimate current flu activity around the world in near real-time.”


  • Testing Treatments interactive
    How do we know whether a particular drug, therapy or operation really works, and how well? How reliable is the evidence? Are clinical trials truly unbiased?
  • Smart Health Choices: making sense of health advice
    This book aims to help you become more informed about your health care and health decisions. It will equip you with some simple tools for distinguishing between reliable and unreliable health advice.

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