Other Health Sciences Web Sites
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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
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
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
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
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.
Combined Health Information Database (CHID)
CHID is a cooperative effort among several Federal agencies. Recognizing the need for a single source of health information, the participating agencies combined their information files into one database which is now CHID. Topics covered include AIDS, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, and Maternal and Child Health.
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.
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.
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
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
“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
"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
FREE MEDICAL DATABASES
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
“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 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.
Profiles in Science
“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."
An image encyclopedia of various conditions pertaining to dermatology.
From the University of Iowa, this site provides information and pictures on a variety of medical problems.
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.
Alzheimer's – Internet Resources
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 – Internet Resources
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.
National Cancer Institute
Rich cancer resource including cancer information, topics, treatments, research and statistics.
American Cancer Society
This site provides information about cancer and a clickable map to locate programs in each state of the union.
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."
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders – Eating disorder information and resources
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
Organized by disorder, includes treatment information, research information (from PubMed), patient information from professional organizations, web resources, and magazine article citations.
Health Services Research Websites
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
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
“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).
“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
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)
“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."
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)
Pilot Health Services Research (HSR) Filters Project
“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
“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.
“This is an interactive guide to potentially toxic chemicals and environmental health issues in everyday places"
Websites for Women's Health
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.
Diversity, Healing, and Healthcare
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.