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Health Sciences Web Sites

GENERAL SITES

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
http://www.ahrq.gov
From the Dept of Health and Human Services, this site provides clinical (eg. evidenced based practice, clinical practice guidelines) as well as consumer information (eg. prevention & wellness) on health matters.

Allrefer.com – Health
http://health.allrefer.com/
A medical and health information resource containing a database of health articles and reference materials, Allrefer.com – Health has extensive information on over 4,000 topics including diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, surgeries, nutrition, poisons, and special topics. There is also focus on family and community health. AllRefer Health is updated daily.

American Public Health Association
http://www.apha.org
APHA website provides links to information on a broad set of issues affecting personal and environmental health, including federal and state funding for health programs, pollution control, programs related to chronic and infectious diseases, a smoke free society, and professional education in public health.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
http://www.cdc.gov/
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people - at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions. Links include health statistics and A-Z health topics.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
http://www.cms.hhs.gov/default.asp?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (MUS) is a Federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Programs for which MUS is responsible include Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), HIPAA, and CLIA. The site has information pertaining to the professional, government and consumer, and includes links to statistical data.

Emedicine
http://emedicine.com
This site contains a “wealth” of information, regarding health and wellness and medical diseases and disorders, for both the health professional and lay persons. Features include Health Resource Centers, professional journal articles, a health dictionary and more. Free registration is required to view selected information geared to those professionals in the Heath Care field. Consumer/patient information is freely accessible.

Healthfinder
http://www.healthfinder.gov/
Developed by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, this site links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,700 health-related organizations. Included are a health library, health topics geared toward a particular population group and a directory of organizations, government agencies, websites, universities, non-profits and clearing houses.

MedlinePlus
http://medlineplus.gov/
Health information from the National Library of Medicine, this site contains a variety of useful health sources including a medical dictionary and encyclopedia, links to health topics, and other resources such as health libraries, organizations and internet sites.

 

Medscape Resource Center
http://www.medscape.com/pages/editorial/public/resourcecenters/index-resourcecenters?src=hdr
An extensive listing of health related topics with links to information including practice guidelines, treatment, care, journals, professional resources, etc.

National Center for Health Statistics
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/
“A reliable and timely resource for public health researchers, faculty and students”… this website allows users to browse publications and statistical tables, download files, access survey data collection systems, conduct searches in NCHS Web Search, etc.”

 

National Institutes of Health
http://www.nih.gov
"NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the nation." "Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability."

National Library of Medicine – Health Services Research Websites
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hsrinfo/
A comprehensive resource for health related issues, this site contains an exhaustive alphabetical list of websites which includes federal agencies, epidemiology and health statistics, evidence based medicine and health technology assessment, public health, rural health, and health policy.

FREE MEDICAL DATABASES

NLM Gateway
http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/gw/Cmd
The NLM Gateway allows users to search in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The current Gateway searches include MEDLINE/PubMed (for journal citations, 1951 to present) TOXLINE Special (for toxicology references), ClinicalTrials.gov (for information on clinical research studies), DIRLINE (directory of health organizations), Genetics Home Reference, and HSRProj (Health Services Research Projects in Progress).

PDQ – National Cancer Institute’s Comprehensive Cancer Database
http://www.nci.nih.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cancerdatabase
“PDQ (Physician Data Query) is NCI's comprehensive cancer database. It contains peer-reviewed summaries on cancer treatment, screening, prevention, genetics, and supportive care, and complementary and alternative medicine; a registry of approximately 2,000 open and 13,000 closed cancer clinical trials from around the world; and directories of physicians, professionals who provide genetics services, and organizations that provide cancer care. “

PubMed
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi
PubMed is a web-based retrieval system which provides free access to MEDLINE and access to other life science journals not in MEDLINE; plus links to countless resources on the Web such as research tools, and other molecular resources.

BIOGRAPHIES

Profiles in Science
http://www.profiles.nlm.nih.gov
“This site contains a visual exploration and a comprehensive collection of scientific papers (as well as biographical information) from the lives of some of the most prominent biomedical scientists of the past century.”

MEDICAL PICTURES

DermAtlas
http://www.dermatlas.org
An image encyclopedia of various conditions pertaining to dermatology.

 

Hardin MD
http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/
From the University of Iowa, this site provides information and pictures on a variety of medical problems.

HEALTH TOPICS

AIDS

AIDSinfo
http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/
Managed by the US Dept. Health and Human Services, this site includes the latest federal treatment guidelines for AIDS and related conditions, clinical trials, drug and vaccine information, educational materials, and resource center for health providers and researchers, among others.

AGING

Alzheimer’s – Internet Resources
http://www.alz.org/cleveland/
Produced by the University Memory and Aging Center of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, this site offers extensive listings of information and resources on the disease.

ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Alternative Medicine – Internet Resources
http://www.pitt.edu/~cbw/internet.html
This index is based on the classification scheme developed by a multidisciplinary workshop held in 1992 by the Office of Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health and contains and extensive list of web resources on the topic.

CANCER

National Cancer Institute
http://www.nci.nih.gov/
Rich cancer resource including cancer information, topics, treatments, research and statistics.

American Cancer Society
http://www.cancer.org
This site provides information about cancer and a clickable map to locate programs in each state of the union.

CLINICAL TRIALS

ClinicalTrials.gov
http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/
An “award-winning site”, “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.”

MEDICAL IMAGING

American Society of Radiologic Technologists
http://www.asrt.org
ARST, founded in 1920, is the worlds leading membership association for medical imaging and radiation therapy for medical professionals. Its' mission is to bring these professionals the knowledge, resources, and support they need to provide quality patient care.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
http://www.arrt.org
The ARRT promotes high standards of patient care by recognizing qualified individuals in medical imaging, interventional procedures, and radiation therapy. The ARRT provides and upholds standard for educational preparation and professional behavior, and develops and administers credentialing exams.

MENTAL HEALTH

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders – Eating disorder information and resources
http://www.anad.org/
The oldest national non profit organization dedicated to alleviating the problems of eating disorders and promoting healthy lifestyles, this site contains general information and resource materials with relevant links to other web sites.

Internet Mental Health
http://www.mentalhealth.com/
Organized by disorder, includes treatment information, research information (from PubMed), patient information from professional organizations, web resources, and magazine article citations.

NURSING

American Nurses Association
http://www.nursingworld.org
Official website of the American Nurses Association, a professional organization that represents the nation's 2.6 million Registered Nurses ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice promoting economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on healthcare issues affecting nurses and the public.

The National League For Nursing
http://www.nln.org
NLN's mission is to advance quality nursing education that prepares the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing healthcare environment. NLN is an accreditation body of nursing programs, and is dedicated to "promoting the professional growth and continuous quality improvement of faculty and nursing education leaders who prepare the global nursing workforce".

Pennsylvania Nurses Association
http://www.psna.org
The purpose of the association is to preserve and advance the identity, integrity, and continuity of the profession of nursing and to serve as the professional organization and the official voice for registered nurses in the state of Pennsylvania. The website, updated daily, provides links to information regarding legislation that impacts nursing, contact information for legislators, and current information related to patient care and general health issues.

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Associations

American Occupational Therapy Association
http://www.aota.org/
“The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the nationally recognized professional association of approximately 40,000 occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and students of occupational therapy. Includes links to professional tools and evidence-based practice resources.”

American Occupational Therapy Foundation
http://www.aotf.org
“That the American Occupational Therapy Foundation is a charitable, non-profit organization created in 1965 to advance the science of occupational therapy and increase public understanding of its value. Contains resources for practice and education including an evidence-based self study and links to resources, plus access to the Occupational Therapy Journal of research online (a bibliographic database).”

Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
http://www.pota.org/
The Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA), within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, promotes the recognition, preservation, and advancement of occupational therapy as the preeminent profession promoting health, productivity, and quality of life for individuals and society through the therapeutic application of occupation. Site provides consumer and student information and includes links to other OT sources.

World Federation of Occupational Therapist
http://www.wfot.org.au/
WFOT promotes occupational therapy as an art and science internationally. The Federation supports the development, use and practice of occupational therapy worldwide, demonstrating its relevance and contribution to society. Includes a Practice Resource links with related online resources.

Journals

OT Direct
http://www.otdirect.co.uk/
“OTdirect is an independent site for Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants and OT students, produced by OTs in their spare time. It aims to provide not only links to useful resources on the web, but study notes, practice updates and training listings. We value any feedback. Please mail us your own articles, training notes, etc., or volunteer to edit part of the site -- this site will only work well if it is a shared effort.”

PHYSICAL THERAPY

American Physical Therapy Association
http://www.apta.org
The mission of the APTA is to "promote the professions role in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of movement dysfunctions and the enhancement of the physical health and functional abilities of members of the public".

CIRRIE:Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange
http://cirrie.buffalo.edu
CIRRIE's mission is to "facilitate the sharing of information and expertise in rehabilitation and research between the United States and other countries".

NARIC: National Rehabilitation Information Center
http://www.naric.com
The National Rehabilitation Information Center's online gateway provides an abundance of disability and rehabilitation-oriented information.

RESEARCH

Health Services Research Websites
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/hsrsites.html
From the National Library of Medicine, exhaustive listing of links to a variety of research topics including epidemiology and health statistics, evidence-based medicine and technology assessment, health policies and health economics, public health, rural health, federal agencies, and state resources.


Evidence-Based Practice Research

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/epcix.htm
From the Dept. of Health and Human Services, this site provides links to evidence-based practice centers (EPC), EPC Evidence Reports (by disease categories), Evidence Technical Reviews as well as conference summaries.

Bandolier – evidence based thinking about health care
http://www.jr2.ox.ac.uk/bandolier/
“Monthly, independent journal about evidence-based healthcare, written by Oxford scientists, and has become the premier source of evidence based healthcare information in the UK and worldwide for both healthcare professionals and consumers. Online version has 2-month embargo. The impetus behind Bandolier was to find information about evidence of effectiveness (or lack of it), and put the results forward as simple bullet points of those things that worked and those that did not. Information comes from systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomized trials, and from high quality observational studies”.

HSTAT (Health Services/Technology Assessment Text).
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=hstat
“A free full-text electronic resource for health care decision making, HSTAT became available in 1994. Developed by NLM's Lister Hill Center, the system allows those interested in guidelines, technology assessments, and evidence-based medicine reports to search for and read them on the computer screens in their offices via the Internet or modem. It includes Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR), guideline and evidence documents and technology assessments, NIH Consensus Development Conference Statements and Technology Assessment Workshop Reports, the U.S. Task Force on Preventive Services' Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service (ATIS) approved guidelines, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocols and Prevention Enhancement Protocols, Office Of Disease Prevention And Health Promotion's (ODPHP) Put Prevention Into Practice, as well as links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Guidelines Database.”

Primary Care – Clinical Practice Guidelines
http://medicine.ucsf.edu/education/resed/ebm/practice_guidelines.html
Offers an introduction to an evidence-based medicine approach to using guidelines for the primary care provider. Searchable listing of on-line guidelines grouped by clinical content with index, top diagnoses cross reference, and organization site listings. Other primary care resources include online references, …. teaching, cross-cultural, and definition of primary care.”

Netting The Evidence (www.nettingtheevidence.org)
http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/scharr
“Netting the Evidence is intended to facilitate evidence-based healthcare by providing support and access to helpful organizations and useful learning resources, such as an evidence-based virtual library, software and journals.”

Systematic Reviews

Cochrane Collaboration
http://www.cochrane.org/reviews/index.htm
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international non-profit and independent organization, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions and is known for its Cochrane Systematic Reviews. This site enables access to abstracts from the Reviews. (Full-text copies of the reviews are available at the Wilkes Barre General Hospital Library)

Other

Pilot Health Services Research (HSR) Filters Project
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/nichsr/hedges/search.html
“These specialized Health Services Research (HSR) searches are intended for researchers, clinicians, health policy analysts and planners and have built-in search "filters" based largely on the work of Haynes RB, et al. Four health care quality categories and two health care cost categories (note: economics is a subset of the more general costs category) are provided, and the emphasis may be broader (i.e., mostly relevant articles but probably some less relevant ones too) or narrower (i.e., mostly relevant articles but probably omitting a few). See definitions for details about study methodology criteria. The resulting retrieval can be further refined using PubMed's Limits e.g., English language.’

TOXICOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

Haz-Map - Occupational Health Database
http://hazmap.nlm.nih.gov/
“Haz-Map offers specific information about the possible effects of exposure to chemical and biological agents used in industry, on the job, and at home. Divided into Hazardous Agents, Occupational Diseases and High Risk Jobs, it also contains links to related references and other resources.
Tox Town
http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/
“This is an interactive guide to potentially toxic chemicals and environmental health issues in everyday places”

WOMEN’S HEALTH

Websites for Women’s Health
http://userpages.umbc.edu/~korenman/homepage
Developed by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, this site provides an exhaustive listing of related websites for both within the US and around the world.

CULTURAL/RELGIOUS

Diversity, Healing, and Healthcare
http://www.gasi.org/diversity.htm
From Stanford University, Diversity, Healing and Healthcare presents cultural and religious information relevant to healthcare providers. It is not intended to be a complete view of any culture or religion, but rather 'sound bytes' to provide information that may impact communication between health care providers and patients who are from different cultures. Content experts, including clinicians, patients, diversity trainers, clergy, and educators have reviewed the information.