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Physician-Recommended Websites for Patients

Physician-Recommended Websites for Patients

  • Familydoctor.org / "I recommend The Family Doctor site through the American Academy of Family Physicians as a good resource for patients for symptom checkers and general disease information. It is practical advice for patients with up-to-date-references." Deborah Winiger, MD, an Illinois-based solo family physician
  • Hormone.org / "I refer patients to the patient education page of the Endocrine Society, which contains information about a variety of endocrine disorders. I recently had a patient who had been reading a book by "Chrissy" from "Three's Company." I asked her to go to the website to get another perspective on the treatment of osteoporosis. I also ask patients with diabetes and thyroid disease to look at the site, and often print PDF versions of their educational materials for patients too." Melissa Young, MD, a New Jersey-based endocrinologist
  • KidsHealth.org / "This is [our practice's] favorite site with different articles written specifically for parents, school-aged children, and teens. The site addresses a number of common health and wellness issues in language that is easy to understand and medically accurate." Terence R. McAllister, MD, a Massachusetts-based pediatrician
  • CDC.gov / "I use the CDC's website for all my patients that travel and need to know what vaccines to get before their trip. They go to the link, click on the destination country, and a customized page will pop up with what vaccines are recommended for those specific countries that are endemic with certain diseases." Elizabeth Seymour, MD, Texas-based family physician
  • SparkPeople.com / "This is a great site for patients looking to lose weight or improve overall health. It offers online support groups, and you can sign up for daily e-mail reminders for whatever your health goal is." Jennifer Frank, MD, a Wisconsin-based family physician
  • MayoClinic.org / "The Mayo Clinic is a reputable website for patient education. I like it because it is written to patients and easy to read, and it has a wide range of topics from which to choose." Jennifer Frank, MD
  • Orthoinfo.aaos.org / "OrthoInfo is an excellent site from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It explains the gamut of orthopaedic conditions and their treatments, without the hype one gets from the likes of Dr. Oz." Stephen Rockower, MD, a Maryland-based orthopaedic surgeon

We asked physicians for the websites they recommend to patients who are looking for reliable health information. Here's what they said.

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Physicians Practice

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DETAILS ON MEDLINE PLUS FROM A MEDICAL LIBRARIAN

MEDLINEPLUS WWW.MEDLINEPLUS.GOV

THIS SHOULD BE THE VERY FIRST CHOICE OF ALL CLINICAL PROFESSIONALS TO RECOMMEND TO THEIR PATIENTS FOR QUALITY HEALTHCARE INFORMATION.

WHY?

The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, created and maintains MedlinePlus to assist you in locating authoritative health information.

MedlinePlus pages contain carefully selected links to Web resources with health information on over 950 topics. MedlinePlus follows a list of guidelines for the inclusion of Web sites.

The MedlinePlus health topic pages include links to current news on the topic and related information. You can also find preformulated searches of the MEDLINE/PubMed database, which allow you to find references to latest health professional articles on your topic.

The A.D.A.M. medical encyclopedia brings health consumers an extensive library of medical images and videos, as well as over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries.

The Merriam-Webster medical dictionary allows you to look up definitions and spellings of medical words.

Drug and supplement information is available from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) via AHFS® Consumer Medication Information, and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version.

AHFS® Consumer Medication Information provides extensive information about more than 1,000 brand name and generic prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including side effects, precautions and storage for each drug.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version is an evidence-based collection of information on alternative treatments. MedlinePlus has 100 monographs on herbs and supplements.

This is available 24 hours a day,7 days a week, every day of the year. IT ACCEPTS NO COMMERCIAL ADVERTISING FROM OUTSIDE PHARMACEUTICAL OR HEALTHCARE DEVICE ORGANIZATIONS.

FRANCIS R. LANDRY MSLS
Former hosptial librarian and Coordinator of Medical Education
Consumer Health Outreach Librarian

Francis @

Medlineplus.gov is a fantastic site with reliable, credible information - in a variety of languages and reading levels. It's a go-to for nearly every health/medical topic possible.

Frances @

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