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.
MedicineNet.com, like its owner WebMD, provides medical information, newsletters, and other services for general readers. Content is created by board-certified physicians, and is recommended to consumers for its in-depth, interactive collection of general health topics. But also like WebMd, this website has an abundance of advertisements and clutter which users must dig through to find helpful content.
CVS Health Information Center has an extensive range of information about general health and wellness, drugs, tests, procedures, and surgeries. There are also more than 150 in-depth articles about common medical problems. The site is recommended to anyone who wants understandable, accurate, and updated information about virtually any health topic.
HealthTap provides free health information organized by condition, disease, or symptom. Visitors can post brief health questions to physicians for free. This website is recommended for people interested in membership because of its sleek visual design, novel approach to telemedicine, and variety of tools and features. The site will undoubtedly be of more use once the pool of participating physicians grows.
Mayo Clinic is recommended for readers seeking a broad health topic website that provides accurate, up to date, and reliable health information. Users will find ease browsing the site's materials on a multitude of health and wellness topics, diseases and conditions, tests and procedures, and medications. It also serves as a portal for patients in the Mayo Clinic network.
Cleveland Clinic is a hospital website that has information about common diseases and medical conditions, tests, treatments, and procedures. The site is recommended for timely and accurate health information, although it may be most useful for patients seeking care from Cleveland Clinic and its affiliates.
WebMD has a wide range of topics, including diseases & conditions, health & wellness, family & pregnancy, and disease centers. Other sections discuss tests, first aid, parenting, and age-related issues. The site is recommended to anyone who wants a broad overview of virtually any health topic.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) is recommended for its large range of medically accurate and up-to-date health materials. The site also provides links to many federally funded online health resources such as the medical encyclopedia MedlinePlus, DailyMed, and Environmental Health & Toxicology.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recommended as a source for veteran-specific healthcare, including mental health, rehabilitation resources, and benefits. The site provides a variety of information on such topics as wellness and aging, financial aid, occupational and educational opportunities, burial assistance, life insurance, and legislation of interest to veterans.
Cochrane helps patients and medical professionals access abstracts of scientific, peer-reviewed research articles on virtually any health topic being studied. This website is recommended as a great source of summary findings from the latest research in health and medicine. The reviews are written by independent experts in the field who analyze research rigorously.