Health Resources - Librarian Recommended Websites

Local Resources

Ask-a-Nurse at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center
Is it after hours and your own doctor is not available? Maybe you have questions about a loved one's illness. Ask-a-Nurse is not a substitute for your own doctor's advice, but the service may be able to answer some of your health-related questions. You can call or e-mail with your question.

Kansas City Health Careers

Doctors and Hospitals Information

American Medical Association This site is probably most useful for its Doctor Finder which will allow you to search for a physician by location and/or medical specialty.

Hospital Compare
This service was designed to provide hospital quality of care information to the public in a consistent, unified way. The web site provides information on how well the hospitals in your area care for all their adult patients with certain medical conditions.

Kansas Hospital Association

Missouri Hospital Association

Drug Information

MEDLINEplus
MEDLINEplus has a good selection on drug information.

RxList: The Internet Drug Index
A good online version of a pill book. This web site includes everything from how a drug should be used to side effects. A very thorough source of drug information.

General

Medline Plus
If you're looking for health information on the web, this site should be your first stop. MEDLINEplus is the National Library of Medicine's web site for consumer health information and is composed of a selective list of authoritative health information sources from The National Institute of Health and other organizations. The core of MEDLINEplus is the health topics, but the site also has drug information, current health news, dictionaries, directories, and a list of other resources.

Quack Watch
A nonprofit organization with the latest on medical scams and frauds.

WebMD
This site is full of quality medical information compiled by medical professionals. There are a fair number of advertisements, so be aware of the type of link you are clicking.

National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Learn what complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is and how to make informed decisions about CAM. Find out about different complementary treatments or the benefits of various treatments for certain diseases.

Healthfinder
Healthfinder is a gateway to selected reliable consumer health and human services information. Healthfinder was developed by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and can lead you to numerous organizations, databases, web sites, and other resources which produce reliable information for the public.

MedHunt
MedHunt is a service of the Health on the Net Foundation. Search results will include web sites subscribing to the HONcode Principles as well as other web sites. The Health on the Net Foundation established the HONcode to help standardize the reliability and credibility of health information on the web and give you an indication of the quality of the information on a web site. See the HON web site for a full description of the code.

 

Specific Conditions

American Arthritis Association

American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Society

American Heart Association

National Cancer Institute

Online Library Databases

Library databases may be accessed with your library card number and PIN. Most of these databases may be accessed from home; however, some are only available within the library.

Alternative Health Watch This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approcahes to health care and wellness.  Library and home use. 

Consumer Health Complete Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content.  Designed to support patients' information needs and an aoverall understanding of health-related topics.  Library and home use.

Health Source:  Consumer Edition A collection of consumer health information, providing information on many health topics.  Library and home use.

Health Source:  Nursing Academic Provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals on many medical disciplines.  Also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets.  Library and home use.

MedicaLatina Unique collection of medical research and investigatory journals from renowned Latin American and Spanish publishers.  This Spanish-language datbase contains full text for 130 peer-reviewed medical journals in native Spanish.  Library and home use.

 ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Collection This database provides full-text information from leading nursing and related publications. It is designed to meet the needs of researchers, as well as students enrolled in nursing programs at academic institutions. Library and home use.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection Comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behaviroal characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.  Library and home use. 

Virtual Reference Library
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. These reference materials once were accessible only in the library, but now you can access them online from the library or remotely 24/7. Because each library creates its own eBook collection, the content you see may vary if you use the database at different libraries (your school, your public library, or your office). Library and home use.