Recommended Readings & Articles
Education & Patient Empowerment Websites
Evaluating Internet Health Information: https://medlineplus.gov/webeval/webeval.html. A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality created Healthcare 411, a news series which offers weekly podcasts on evidence based information and news enabling people to play an active role in their health and health care.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) Foundation through Health TiPS has created an easy to understand guide about a variety of health topics including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), depression, hypertension, smoking, and vaccine information. Information is available in printable one-page forms in English and Spanish allowing you to fill it out and take it to your doctor's appointment.
Healthfinder.gov managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also has a variety of health topics, and general information.
NIH's Medline Plus is also a good one-stop-shop for basic health information. The site includes a medical encyclopedia to look up tricky words, information on hundreds of prescriptions by brand name, and links to doctors, hospitals and medical libraries across the country.
The National Health Information Center website, part of the NIH system, lists more than 1,400 organizations and government offices that can provide free health information upon request.
For a quick online rundown on a condition, the National Institutes of Health Web Site might be the best place to start searching. This site allows you to search for information on a condition by its location in the body, the disease name, or by health issues such as smoking or weight gain.
The Office of Dietary Supplements from the National Institute of Health provides updated fact sheets on commonly used herbs, supplements and vitamins.
WebMD is a reliable standby in the online medical universe. The site offers much of the same general information as the government sites mentioned above, but its style may be friendlier to Web surfers who don't normally browse government sites.
Changes in healthcare can be scary but within the Northwest Colorado Community Health Partnership we have a finger on the pulse of the quickly changing landscape and will help position our region to best adapt to the moving healthcare landscape.
- Hschange.org - The mission of the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC) was to inform policy makers and private decision makers about how local and national changes in the financing and delivery of health care affected people. HSC aspired to provide high-quality, timely and objective research and analysis that contributed to sound policy decisions, with the ultimate goal of improving the health of the American public.
- The White House Health Care Page
- US National Library of Medicine
- Mesothelioma Prognosis Guide
- Mesothelioma Awareness and Symptoms
- Single Mothers Grant
Behavioral & Mental Health Websites
Substance & Alcohol Abuse Websites
SOCIAL INTERVENTIONS RESEARCH
Social Interventions Research & Evaluation Network Website: http://sirenetwork.ucsf.edu/