Health Information
& Decision Sites

Originally prepared by Ursel Krumme R.N. for a Health Information Presentation in Port Ludlow in April 2010

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Dept.of Health & Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting & supporting medical research... Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership & financial support to researchers... NIH maintains a variety of medical or health information data bases either directly or through the various Institutes e.g. the Ntl. Cancer Institute or the Ntl. Medical Library.
Medline Plus A National Institute of Health website which provides authoritative up-to-date information on over 800 diseases and conditions from the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus Quality Guidelines

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing

  • Search Engine
  • A-Z Indices by
    --- Topics,
    --- Symptoms,
    --- Diagnostic Tests
    --- Drugs
    --- Med. Encyclopedia
  • Dictionary w/Audio Pronounciation
  • Directories(Specialists, Hospitals) ["Go Local"]
  • Med. photographs & illustrations
  • Animated graphics w/audio
  • Surgery Videos:
    "Operating Room Live"
  • Links to Specialty Journal articles

  • Interactive Health Tutorials e.g. Benefits & Risks of Tests & Treatments
  • Interactive Health Check Tools e.g. self-assessments/ quizzes
  • Q & A
  • Find Specialist or Hospital by location/ Medicare reimbursement
  • PubMed Search for more indepth articles of the NIH which has over 19 million citations. Search by:
    --- author(s) or title
    --- clinical categories e.g. diagnoses, treatments
    --- topic/subject, e.g. Bio-Ethics, Cancer
    Animated Tutorials for navigating this site (with Audio) Research Articles
    -- Abstracts
    -- Full Articles (some free)
    User can ask for narrow, specific or broad, sensitive searches or systematic review/ guidelines
    Physician Data Query PDQ is the National Cancer Institute's comprehensive cancer database.
  • A-Z Indices for (Adult) Treatments
    --- Patient Version
    --- Health Professionals
  • Patient Version has
    --- text & medical illustrations (can be enlarged)
  • Prof.Version has
    --- TNM:Tumor size, Node involvement, Metastases
    --- Linked Journals
  • Treatment Options based on Staging 0-IV/if cancer recurred, chemo, radiation, targeted therapy, Clinical Trials
    WebMD Health Corp./Network is a large provider of health information services for consumers, physicians, healthcare professionals, employers & health plans throughpublic & private online portals & health-focused pub. incl. WebMD Health, eMedicine Medscape, eMedicine Health, RxList &
    Emedicine Medscape contains articles on over 6,500 diseases & medical topics. Updated regularly by more than 10,000 physicians & healthcare experts. Provides detailed, tech. info with the latest practice guidelines.
  • Browse by Specialty for 40 Clinical Areas in:
    Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics
  • Free sign-up for other Areas & Search Engine
  • Text with Slides/ Illustrations (e.g. EKGs)
  • Evidence-based content updated regularly for physicians & other health professionals
  • Linked Journal References
  • Comprehensive coverage of drugs for diseases, e.g.
  • Dosages
  • Interactions
  • Contraindications
  • Precautions
  • Emedicine Health provides information on over 850 common diseases, conditions, procedures, tests, and first aid.
  • Search Engine
  • A-Z Indices, by
    --- Topic (80+ Centers)
    --- Medications/Drugs
    --- Med. Dictionary
  • 1st Aid & Emergencies
  • Text w/illustrations
  • Med/Health Picture Slide Shows e.g. Alzheimers
  • Image Gallery
  • Viewer comments & Reviews
  • A consumer health info site written by MDs for patients & consumers
  • E-Tools
    --- Rash Diagnosis "List Creator"
    --- Calculators: BMI; Celsius to Fahrenheit; Pounds to Kilo
    --- Scores: e.g. Geriatric Depression Scale
    --- Tables, e.g., narcotic drug potency comparison
  • Patients at this free-access site can now learn about management & treatment options for a medical condition, allowing them & their healthcare providers to share in the decision-making process.
  • Search by:
    --- Selected Conditions
  • Free Access to certain pt.-level health write-ups
  • Text w/color diagrams/ illustrations
  • Faculty MDs answer pt. questions w/info for recommendations
  • Rec. by the Amer. Academy of Family Physicians/ subscribed to by Hospitals
  • Goal is for patient to better understand med conditions, management/ treatment options so as to have better dialog w/health care providers
    American Cancer Society "Managing Your Cancer Experience” has detailed info re surgery, radiation, immunotherapy & alt. therapies using Treatment Decision Tools for best options, their risks & benefits, side effects as well as locating med. centers, MDs & clinical trials.
  • Search by:
    -- Cancer Topic
    -- Stay Healthy
    -- Find Support & Treatment
    -- Explore Research
    ----Programs and Funding
    ---- Accomplishmentsts
    ----Cancer Facts & Figures
    -- Get Involved
  • Text with Video & Demo of "Circle of Sharing" Tool for Recording Med Info.
  • "Profiler Treatment Option Tool" w/outcome statistics for types of treatments.
  • Voluntary Health Org.
  • Support Services to Pts.
  • Discussion Boards
  • CA.Info Specialists @1-800-ACS-2345 24/7
  • Pubs: Pt.& Prof.
  • Model of what medical info to record in "Circle of Sharing" is helpful
  • Submit test results & med. history for secure "Treatment Options Report" w/questions to ask MD!!
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center’s Decision Aid Library: These decision aids help people see the likely outcomes of the options they face & think about their values as they relate to the risks & benefits of each option.
  • Decision Aids by
    ---Topics for 17 conditions e.g. back pain; breast CA.; heart disease etc.
  • Decision-Making
  • Videos or DVDs
  • Audiotapes w/workbooks
  • Web Sites
  • Decision Aids developed by Foundation for Informed Medical Decision-Making
  • Decision Aid tools allow shared decision making with MDs
  • Ottawa Personal Decision Guide

  • Disclaimer:
    The WebGuys behind this assembly of Web resources are not responsible for the content of the Web Sites to which they have provided links.
    Nothing on this site shall constitute medical advice.

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    Last Updated: January 2011 [krumme(at)comcast(dot)net]