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.
MedlinePlus's "Health System" page provides access to information about many aspects of healthcare and the healthcare system at large. Topics include health insurance, medical ethics, financial assistance, finding medical care, health fraud, and patient rights. This MedLine section is recommended for people trying to understand and navigate the healthcare system.
The Conversation Project is an advocacy website devoted to furthering public understanding of end-of-life care and advance directives. These help people initiate conversations with their loved ones about end-of-life wishes. This website is helpful for anyone preparing to enter into an end-of-life conversation or learning about how to become a healthcare proxy.
CaringInfo is a reliable resource that examines end-of-life issues for patients and caregivers, including a section for children. Visitors can find information specific to advance directives and end-of-life care, caregiver assistance, hospice, coping with grief, and pain management.
The American Chronic Pain Association provides videos and brief descriptions of conditions associated with chronic pain. There is also information about how to improve medical appointments as well as pain management techniques. This website is recommended for its advice and tools for improving pain management.
UpToDate is recommended as a physician-level health information and research. This section allows patients and caregivers to search, but not browse, the consumer health content for information available for free. Although topics here are covered in good depth, most of the more detailed information is only available to subscribers.
Hospice Foundation of America is recommended for information about end-of-life care, caregiving, and grief support. Most of the information relates to hospice, grief, healthcare proxies, advance directives, and related issues.
National Alliance for Caregiving addresses all aspects of caregiving and includes brochures summarizing research and academic reports. There is information about relevant legislation, how to establish and sustain a family caregiving coalition, and incorporate technology into caregiving. The site is recommended as a resource for people interested in research about and the current status of care-taking in the USA, although there is little information for actual caregivers.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) seeks to discover those factors that contribute to healthy aging as well as to inform the public about the diseases and disabilities associated with old age. It is highly recommended as a well-written, comprehensive, and user-friendly website for information on a wide range of resources for older adults, their loved ones, caregivers, and researchers.
AgingCare.com is designed for caregivers of the elderly, providing online support through education, peer-to-peer communication, and expert perspectives. This recommended website covers many important topics in eldercare including assisted living, financial planning, hospice, memory care, health insurance, and more.