Top Ten Most Useful Consumer Health Sites from the Medical Library Association
Cancer.gov Official Website of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a component of the National Institutes of Health. The NCI is the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research and training.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The CDC is dedicated to promoting “health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury and disability.” Of special interest are resources about diseases, conditions, and other health topics arranged under “Health Topics A-Z.”
familydoctor.org Operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians, a national medical organization representing more than 93,700 family physicians, family practice residents and medical students.
Healthfinder Gateway consumer health information Web site whose goal is “to improve consumer access to selected health information from government agencies, their many partner organizations, and other reliable sources that serve the public interest.”
HIV InSite A project of the University of California San Francisco AIDS research institute. Designed as a gateway to in-depth information about particular aspects of AIDS, it provide numerous links to many authoritative sources.
Kidshealth Provides doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. Created by the Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media.
Mayo Clinic Editors of this site include morethan 2,000 physicians, scientists, writers and educators at the Mayo Clinic.
Medem A project of the leading medical societies in the U.S. Developed to provide a “trusted online source for credible, comprehensive, and clinical healthcare information.” The Medical Library is divided into four major categories: Life Stages, Diseases and Conditions, Therapies and Health Strategies, and Health and Society.
MEDLINEplus Consumer-oriented Web site established by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest biomedical library and creator of the MEDLINE databases. An alphabetical list of “Health Topics” includes more than 300 specific diseases, conditions and wellness issues.