Lab Tests Online is recommended as a patient-friendly resource for detailed explanations of various lab tests. Descriptions include why and when to get tested, requirements, preparation, where it can be performed, and what the results might mean. The site briefly describes over 100 conditions and the tests used with them. It is user-friendly, comprehensive, and especially convenient for individuals who have more than one condition.
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.
The American Society of Anesthesiologists created the "When Seconds Count" resource page to inform patients what to expect while undergoing anesthesia. Users can learn about the types, risks, and effects of anesthesia, how to prepare, and pain management. This website is recommended as a great introductory resource for those who are preparing for surgery and want more information specifically about anesthesia administration.
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.
National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a highly recommended source of useful information about all cancers affecting adults and children, including alternative therapies, the benefits and potential dangers of cancer screening, financial assistance programs, end-of-life care, and support groups. While the site does feature a patient perspective, there is a good deal of information on research and clinical trials.
Medscape is recommended as a medical information and news website for physicians and other medical professionals. Users can also search the site's collection of 14,000+ informational articles on various drugs, diseases, laborotary tests, and procedures. General readers will likely encounter a difficult reading experience. However, each article provides patient handouts specific to that disease, medication, or procedure.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for the general public. Users can explore the site's 975+ topics to learn about diseases, conditions, and wellness. MedlinePlus is highly recommended for information provided by some of the most authoritative and reputable sources in the medical field.