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Information for patients
There are many sites that include information aimed at patients. Below is a selection, arranged by country.
Information for patients
Health Talk Online (open access)
UK site. "Healthtalkonline lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. You can watch or listen to videos of the interviews, read about people's experiences and find reliable information about conditions, treatment choices and support."
NHS Choices (open access)
"NHS Choices offers a wide range of resources that can support health and care professionals in their work with patients and clients."
Patient.info (open access - free registration)
"Patient is one of the most trusted medical resources online, supplying evidence based information on a wide range of medical and health topics to patients and health professionals"
CAPHIS (open access - free registration)
A US site. "The purpose of the CAPHIS Top 100 List is to provide CAPHIS members and other librarians with a resource to use in their daily practice and teaching. Secondly, it is our contribution to the Medical Library Association so that the headquarters staff can refer individuals to a list of quality health web sites. Our goal is to have a limited number of resources that meet the quality criteria for currency, credibility, content, audience, etc."
Medline Plus (open access)
"MedlinePlus is the [US] National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. "
WebMD (open access - free registration)
A US site, "WebMD offers credible and in-depth medical news, features, reference material, and online community programs"
MedicineNet (open access)
Part of WebMD: "MedicineNet.com is an online, healthcare media publishing company. It provides easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive website."
Merck Manuals Home edition (open access)
First published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, the Manual grew in size and scope to become one of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers. As the Manual evolved, it continually expanded the reach and depth of its offerings to reflect the mission of providing the best medical information of the day to a wide cross-section of users, including consumers.
TRIP database (open access - free registration)
A search engine for evidence-based clinical information. Results are sorted by type of evidence including: evidence-based synopses, systematic reviews, guidelines, primary research, textbooks and information for patients.