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e-Resources on Consumer Health: Comparing & Evaluating Resources

Resources compiled and vetted by the National Library of Medicine; presented by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

Consumer Health e-Resources

The Poughkeepsie Public Library District earned a Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) in 2018 by the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) and the Medical Library Association (MLA).


As a credentialed Consumer Health Information Library, we proudly present the following e-Resources for Consumer Health.

Click on the tabs above to access e-Resources about: General Health information, Comparing & Evaluating Resources, and Nutrition.

This guide is under constant review and will be updated frequently.

Compare Health Organizations

Leap Frog Group – ( http://www.leapfroggroup.org/ ) 

 

HealthGrades – ( https://www.healthgrades.com/ ) 

 

Joint Commission – ( https://www.qualitycheck.org/ ) 

 

NYS Health Profiles – ( https://profiles.health.ny.gov/hospital/ )  

 

Evaluate Health Resources

MedlinePlus, Evaluating Health Information – ( https://medlineplus.gov/evaluatinghealthinformation.html )

Millions of consumers get health information from magazines, TV or the Internet. Some of the information is reliable and up to date; some is not. How can you tell the good from the bad? MedlinePlus has compiled resources that can help you evaluate health information and resources.

 

MedlinePlus, Guide to Healthy Web Surfing – ( https://medlineplus.gov/healthywebsurfing.html )

What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Read through suggestions based on the experienced contributors at MedlinePlus.


American Academy of Family Physicians, Health Information on the Web: Finding Reliable Information – ( https://familydoctor.org/health-information-on-the-web-finding-reliable-information/ ) 


Quackwatch – ( http://www.quackwatch.org/ )

Guide to quackery, health fraud, myths, fads, fallacies and misconduct. Note: the author of this site is averse to alternative medicine. 


 


HealthNewsReviews.org – ( https://www.healthnewsreview.org/about-us/how-we-rate-stories/ )

HealthNewsReview.org is a non-profit organization that reviews news stories and news releases that include a claim of efficacy about:

  • Specific treatments, tests, products or procedures. (A story that includes multiple claims about multiple interventions or for multiple uses may not be eligible for review because review criteria can generally only be applied to the review of a single, specific intervention for a single, specific condition.) Stories may be about:
    • Drugs or devices
    • Vitamins or nutritional supplements
    • Diagnostic and screening tests
    • Dietary recommendations
    • Surgical procedures
    • Psychotherapy/mental health interventions

Reviews are graded/rated on a 10-point scale based on criteria that address the basic issues consumers need to know in order to understand health claims, develop informed opinions about these interventions–and how/whether they matter in their lives. A toolkit is also available to help readers understand "quality of evidence" or conflicts of interest.

**Unfortunately, due to budget issues, HealthNewsReview.org may no longer be updated after December 2018.**

 

Read a brief article provided by HealthNewsReview.org highlighting "Podcast: Timothy Caulfield | Fighting Goop and cheating death."


 

Read a brief article provided by HealthNewsReview.org highlighting "Podcast: Gut Punch: Marketing Microbiome Hype" (shown above).

Treatments

ClinicalTrials.gov – ( https://clinicaltrials.gov/ )

ClinicalTrials.gov provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

Not sure where to start? After reading through Learn about Studies, click on the Find Studies (drop-down menu) and select: See Studies by Topic.

 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)  – ( https://nccih.nih.gov/ )

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is 1 of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This site includes information about treatments and therapies for Complementary and Alternative Medicine like yoga, acupuncture, and other practices. Learn about how to be an informed consumer of CAM and stay informed on the latest new alerts.

 

Know the Science: National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)  – ( https://nccih.nih.gov/health/know-science )

Created by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the "Know the Science" website provides tools to help better understand complex scientific topics that relate to health research so that you can be discerning about what you hear and read and make well-informed decisions about your health. Know the Science features a variety of materials including interactive modules, quizzes, and videos about interactions between medicines, how to evaluate heath news, and many other topics.


Surgery: MedlinePlus – ( https://medlineplus.gov/surgery.html )

There are many reasons to have surgery. Some operations can relieve or prevent pain. Others can reduce a symptom of a problem or improve some body function. Some surgeries are done to find a problem. ...

Also consider additional topics listed in the boxes labeled "Medical Encyclopedia" and "Related Health Topics" found within this entry.

 

Questions to Ask Before Surgery: John Hopkins Medicine – https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/surgical_care/
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Millions of Americans will undergo surgery each year. It is important to be informed about the surgery being recommended, particularly if it is elective surgery (an operation you choose to have done), rather than an emergency surgery. All surgeries have risks and benefits. It's important to understand them before deciding whether the procedure is appropriate for you.

Consumer Health Discussions

List of Medical Wikis – ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_medical_wikis )


Patients Like Me Blog – ( http://blog.patientslikeme.com/ )

The Patients Like Me blog (or website - http://www.patientslikeme.com/ ) is an online community for people with life-changing conditions. …With a focus on patients and research, the blog reflects knowledge resulting from the shared real-world experiences of the online community.


Dailystrength.org – ( http://www.dailystrength.org )

This site offers over 500 support groups for health issues and life challenges providing a network of people sharing their advice, treatment experiences and support. Users can research the latest drugs, treatments and alternative therapies and hear about others who share similar issues. Health experts serve as advisors to the site and also respond to user questions.