PEACHI: Patient Education And
Consumer Health Information
PLEASE NOTE: The materials cited
here are intended to provide you with a wide range of medical and health
information. This information should not be considered medical advice or
medical instruction and is not a substitute for an informed discussion with
your health care provider. We encourage you to consult your health care
provider if you have questions regarding any of this information.
Guides to Evaluating Health Information on the
Comprehensive Health Information
Selected Patient/Consumer Health Internet Sites
Comprehensive Health InformationGovernment
- National Library of Medicine's
PubMed is the primary database used for getting to the subject
content of articles in medicine
- National Library of Medicine's MEDLINEplus
An easy-to-understand resource for the public which includes
MEDLINE--the world's largest database of peer-reviewed information--as well as
links to self-help groups, access to the National Institutes of Health's
consumer health information, clearinghouses, health-related organizations, and
clinical trials. Also available in a Spanish-language edition, with
additional resources in
Federal Health Information Clearinghouse:
A gateway consumer health and human
services information web site from the United States government. Information
also available in Spanish.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
responsible for the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability
through research and education. The site includes links to
immunization information, data on
HIV and AIDS,
travelers' health, and other public
health information of all kinds.
information is also available.
Health and Medical Resources
Compilation of easy-to-read pages from the
National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus.
- Georgia Division of Public
Contains sections on public
health news, resources, and statistics
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:
AHRQ is the major federal agency charged with supporting
research designed to improve the quality of health care, reduce its cost, and
broaden access to essential services. Materials available at this site include
fact sheets and policy guidelines on such topics as evaluating treatment
options, finding reliable health information, smoking cessation, choosing a
health care plan, prescription drugs, and many others. A
section is also available.
- American Academy of Family Physicians:
Diseases and Conditions
A searchable and browsable
list of medical diseases and conditions, including info on identifying,
preventing and treating them.
information also available.
- American Medical Association
Includes links to
Education Materials, DoctorFinder, and news
from the AMA. TM
from the National Institutes of Health
Searchable database developed by NIH in collaboration with the
National Library of Medicine. It provides patients, family members and members
of the public with current information about clinical research studies.
Consumer Information Center, General Services
Publications Features full text versions of many of the
federal consumer health publications available. They may be viewed for free
online or may be ordered as printed copies (many free).
Clinic Mayo Clinic Health Information's award-winning consumer Web
site offers health information, and self-improvement and disease management
tools. MayoClinic.com's medical experts and editorial professionals bring you
access to the knowledge and experience of Mayo Clinic for all of your consumer
health information needs, from cancer, diabetes and heart disease to nutrition,
exercise and pregnancy.
- National Health Information Center (NHIC), U.S. Department of Health and
health information referral service. NHIC puts consumers who have health
questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide
- National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
Contains several searchable databases that help consumers find
information on rare or unusual "orphan" diseases, defined as those conditions
that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States.
Comprehensive site produced by health and information
professionals; contains health news and information on general health topics.
Also includes an "Ask an Expert" feature, in which health professionals will
answer your questions.
- N.O.A.H.(New York Online Access to
According to the producers of this site, NOAH
"seeks to provide high quality full-text consumer health information that is
accurate, timely, relevant and unbiased." Information is published in English
provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of
- Office of Minority Health Resource
Center, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
on minority health include databases (funding, media, research, data, and
listings of volunteer resource persons) as well as publications such as
scientific reports, journals, and documents. A
version of the site is available. OMH-RC services are free, and can also be
obtained by calling toll-free 1-800-444-6472. Groups covered include American
Indian and Alaska Native, Blacks/African American, Asian American and Pacific
Islander, and Hispanic/Latino populations.
Commercial site that offers information about
clinical trials, community health, drug dosages and compliance, treatment
options and research, how to select a health care provider, illnesses and
operations, healthy lifestyles, alternative medicine, and much
- Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention Healthy Living for Kids
A list of websites provided
by the CDC and other government health websites especially for kids and
Take on Health
Sponsored by the National 4H
Council and Molina Healthcare. "Teens Take on Health is a first-of-its-kind,
teen-led research effort that is focused on talking with young people instead
of talking at them.
and Eating and
Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the
U.S. government, linking kids, parents and teachers to information and services
on the web from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations,
all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.
Selected Patient/Consumer Health
SitesAlternative Medicine Information
Medicine Resource List
list for alternative medicine that was formerly offered by the University of
Pittsburgh and is now maintained by 12 Palms Rehab. Information is organized
into categories such as Internet resources, mailing lists and newsgroups,
alternative medicine databases, practitioners' directories, and much
International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements database is a
collection of published international literature on dietary supplements,
including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals. It's produced by the
Office of Dietary Supplements at the
National Institutes of Health to assist the public, health care providers, and
others in locating credible scientific information on dietary
- National Center for Complementary and
A center within
the National Institutes of Health, this office researches alternative medical
treatments to determine their effectiveness.
A nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat
health-related frauds, myths, fads, and fallacies. Available in English,
French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese.
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This organization researches the safety and
effectiveness of alternative and complementary remedies and practices, and
develops curriculum and training programs that will promote wider knowledge,
greater understanding and credible scientific efforts in alternative and
- The Food and Drug Administration:
Provides basic information about medications recently approved
by the FDA. They are prepared by pharmacists from FDA's
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Only information about drugs approved since January 1998 is available
- The Internet Drug Index: RxList
Built and maintained by a pharmacist, this
commercial resource provides a large searchable database of more than 4000
From the National Library of Medicine; an excellent guide to
more than 9000 prescription and over-the-counter
A resource to "provide information about patient assistance programs which provide no
cost prescription medications to eligible participants." Can be browsed by drug
brand name, generic drug name, program name, or company
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
(PhRMA) "New Medicines in Development" site offers a database of new drugs
searchable by disease/condition, drug name, or company.
- CNN Interactive -- Health
A subset of this huge news
organization's Web site, CNN Health contains breaking news stories on health
topics of interest to consumers. It also maintains a searchable archive of past
- Department of Health & Human
Includes current press releases, media
advisories and statements for news media plus past press releases by
Health News carries the most recent 30 days of
health-related news from the New York Times, Reuters Health, and other
providers. News is also archived from the previous 60 days, and you may also
browse news by topic.
- Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention Staying Healthy Topics
index of searchable topics on staying healthy for all ages.
- FDA Consumer
The official magazine of the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration, it provides information on how to get healthy and stay that
way. It also reports on current FDA activities concerning the products they
regulate, including food, human and animal drugs, medical devices, cosmetics,
radiation-emitting products, and others.
- The Merck Manual of Medical
This site includes the
searchable full text of the second edition of The Merck Manual of Medical
Information--Home Edition. This edition was published in 2004 and uses
non-technical language to provide information about diseases, diagnosis,
prevention, and treatment. It is, essentially, a layman's version of
The Merck Manual of
Diagnosis and Therapy, 17th edition. The online version of the Home Edition
contains alphabetized lists of topics, photographs, and video and audio
Specific Medical Conditions
The mission of the
Foundation is to support research to find the cure for and prevention of
arthritis and to improve the quality of life for those affected by arthritis.
Contains archived issues of the journal "Arthritis Today" as well as links to
information about juvenile arthritis, arthritis news items, arthritis research,
and a link to the Georgia
Chapter of the Foundation.
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin
One of the National Institutes of Health, this
organization offers fact sheets, statistics, information on clinical studies,
news, and special reports on arthritis and many other conditions. A
version is available.
Comprehensive site that provides a wealth of information on the
various types of cancer; news reports; prevention, detection, and risk factors;
patient and family guides; what to ask your doctor; and much more.
information is available.
- NIH: National Cancer Institute's
publications index. All
publications are free, although the NCI may set limits on quantities of print
copies. Consumers may also call the Cancer Information Service at
1-800-4-CANCER to receive publications. Some materials available in
- National Coalition for Cancer
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is "the
oldest survivor-led advocacy organization working on behalf of this country's
nearly ten million cancer survivors and the millions more touched by this
disease." The Resource
Guide available at their site may be browsed by topic and includes links to
information about types of cancer, essential care, and cancer centers. You may
also browse by type of services offered, including advocacy, clinical trials,
counseling and support groups, and much more. Links to
Spanish resources are
Intercultural Cancer Council
As noted on their Web site, the ICC works
"to reduce the higher incidence, suffering and death from cancer among
minority, culturally diverse and medically underserved
Produced by the University of
Pennsylvania; contains information on cancer topics in the news, clinical
trials, support groups, financial issues, and many additional links to other
- American Diabetes
The goal of the ADA is
to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of people affected by
diabetes. The site includes general diabetes information, news items, recipes,
patient advocacy issues, an online consumer journal,
Diabetes Forecast, and
much more. Spanish-language
- National Diabetes
Established in 1978 to increase knowledge and understanding about
diabetes among patients, healthcare professionals, and the public.
Offers a diabetes dictionary, many patient education
publications, fact sheets, and links to other organizations.
publications are available.
- American Heart
organization offering information and education on fighting heart disease and
stroke. Site contains family health info, including nutrition and exercise;
sections on heart diseases, conditions and treatments; a comprehensive heart
and a risk
- The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Patient Education:
Considered one of the
finest heart centers in the U.S., the Cleveland Clinic provides a patient
education site which contains materials on various aspects of heart disease,
including diagnostic tests, the care and treatment of heart disease, disease
prevention, cardiac surgery, risk factors, and heart medications.
- NIH: National Heart, Lung, and
Plans and directs
research related to the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart,
blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases; and sleep disorders. This site offers
many online publications
on heart attack, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and other pertinent topics;
some targeted to several special populations:
from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services combines information from
two previous online sites: ACTIS (AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service) and
ATIS (AIDS Treatment Information Service). You will find
information on clinical trials, current treatments, an
glossary, and much more.
- American Social Health
This non-profit organization,
founded in 1914 and dedicated to stopping sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs),
has up-to-date information on education resources, referral services, research
data, news links, an online newsletter, and more.
- The Body
Comprehensive AIDS & HIV information with a section
devoted to quality of life issues, including legal, financial, workplace, and
mental health concerns. Spanish
language version available.
- CDC: Divisions of HIV/AIDS
- CDC: Division of STD
Each of these sites
contain a wealth of information, including press releases, fact sheets,
brochures, surveillance reports, treatment guidelines, data on vaccine research
and clinical trials, and much more.
- HIV InSite
From the University of California/San Francisco.
Current, comprehensive and reliable information dealing with therapies,
prevention, social issues. Includes feature articles, state-by-state resource
directory, and links
to other HIV/AIDS Websites.
- Specialized Information Services, NLM,
A division of the
National Library of Medicine, SIS offers access to AIDS databases, online
tutorials, news, fact sheets, manuals, and Web links.
MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent
Resources for parents and teachers in English,
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
A support, education, advocacy, and research
organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with
severe mental illnesses. Offers fact sheets on various severe mental illnesses,
news, referral services. A toll-free hotline is available at
Institute on Drug Abuse
The federal agency charged with conducting
research and compiling information on drug abuse and addiction.
- National Institute of Mental
The NIH institute concerned with research and education on
mental illnesses of all kinds. Site includes full-text specifics on various
disorders, reports, press releases, statistics, fact sheets, and clinical
trials information. A separate
page is available.
language resources are also online.
Created by psychologist Dr. John
Grohol, this was one of the first Web sites devoted to mental health. It
contains links to mental health and psychology online resources, live
interactive chats, blogs, FAQs and more.
The Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Agency of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services responsible for a public health approach to substance abuse and
mental health services, concentrating on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.
Offers a number of publications and
Updated May 26, 2016