MedlinePlus – Personal Health Issues

MedlinePlus's collection of personal health topics covers a broad and varied group of topics. Most help patients advocate on their own behalf, touching on subjects like health records, talking to doctors, health literacy, advance directives, and more. This MedlinePlus section is recommended for people interesting in becoming knowledgeable about and involved in their own healthcare.

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Review Date: 11/16/2018


Ease of Use

This is a blank page aside from the alphabetical list of topics. When clicked, each link leads users to a page that provides a brief summary as well as numerous links to additional information and resources. This set-up requires users to jump back and forth between websites, but otherwise all the relevant material is contained to this one page of resources.

Visual Design

There's no attempt to dress-up this landing page. It's simply a landing page for an alphabetical list of links. Even topic headings would be beneficial, though this page goes without.


Here, users will find many helpful resources about healthcare issues they or their loved ones should be familiar with. However, the information about increasing patient involvement could be more complete. The materials assembled here come from a wide variety of reliable sources, many of them among the most respected names in the field.


Sources are clearly identified on MedlinePlus, including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health & Services, and more. The currency of web pages linked on MedlinePlus varies, and individual authors and editors are only occasionally credited on the linked sites.


  1. Broad coverage of healthcare topics not commonly discussed
  2. Highly credible website with backing from the U.S. government
  3. Information is appropriate for consumers, reliable and up-to-date


  1. Limited, arbitrary collection of topics that leaves gaps
  2. User-friendliness of materials varies depending on the linked resource
  3. Users will have to spend significant time browsing to get helpful information


Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Library of Medicine, The National Institutes of Health

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Patient handouts, videos, images, journal articles, doctor finder, research

Languages: English, Spanish