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Consumer Health   Tags: consumer_health_portal, patient_education  

A Matas Library portal for public access resources intended for consumer health questions.
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Before you begin searching MedlinePlus for patient education, determine 

  • What your patient needs to do and why
  • When your patient can expect results (if applicable)
  • Who your patient should contact for questions or concerns (if applicable in your role)

Use topic pages for

  • Warning signs, if any, that your patient should watch for
  • What your patient should do if a problem arises

  • MedlinePlus: Health Information
    Authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles.

MedlinePlus Health News

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Genetics for Consumers

Medspeak in Plain Language

Medspeak in Plain Language Brochure

Medspeak in Plain Language brochures arewritten specifically for consumers. The brochure was rewritten with the help of the Massachusetts Health Sciences Library Network's (MAHSLIN) Working Group for Health Literacy.

Audio Information, Translations, etc.

Featured Resources: from Tulane

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Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace

Find a Health Organization

    The National Library of Medicine’s online database of location and descriptive information about a wide variety of information resources including organizations, research resources, projects, and databases concerned with health and biomedicine

    As of October 1, 2013, DIRLINE is no longer being updated or maintained. The database is still searchable but records are marked as “archived.” NLM expects to retire DIRLINE at the end of 2014.
  • Health Hotlines
    The National Library of Medicine is pleased to offer this online database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services. The database also includes information on services and publications available in Spanish.
  • FAQ: Finding Consumer Health Informaiton
  • NIH - Institutes, Centers & Offices

Clinical Effectiveness Reviews

PubMed Health

Reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports for professionals.

  • PubMed Health  Icon
    PubMed Health is based on systematic reviews of clinical trials. These clinical effectiveness reviews can show what treatments and prevention methods have been proven to work—and what remains unknown. - Provides patients, family members, health care professionals, and members of the public, easy and free access to information on clinical studies for a wide range of diseases and conditions.

The Effective Health Care Program

Health Literacy

Health literacy is defined by the Institute of Medicine as the “degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions”

Poison Control Center

Health Hotlines

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Health Hotlines is now available as an app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Health Hotlines is also compatible with the iPad.  Health Hotlines is also available on the NLM’s website.

Kaiser Health News

" one has ever complained that things were too simple. Everybody wants clear communication."


Matas Library Disclaimer

By becoming more knowledgeable about your condition, you can be better prepared to talk with your health care provider and take a more active role in your health care.

The Rudolph Matas Library provides this list of consumer health web sites for informational use only. These materials are not intended as a substitute for the care of a qualified health care provider. The ideas presented are the opinions of their respective authors and may or may not agree with the opinion of your provider. All questions and concerns about your health should be taken to your health care provider. Tulane's Rudolph Matas Library assumes no liability for the information retrieved or its interpretation or application.

    Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Federal safety rule violations (2567s) from 1,000 U.S. hospitals since January, 2011. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


Some recommended sites for health information. - Stroke & Heart Attack Risk Assessment Calculators


Search of Websites from this Consumer Health Portal


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