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    Drugs and Chemicals Evidence Based Practice Food and Nutrition
    Health Disparities   Health Policy
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    Nursing Nursing Theory Research
    Senior Health Transcultural Health Women's Health

    General Health Resources

    • BioMed Central
      BioMed Central provides open access to peer-reviewed journals spanning all areas of biology and medicine. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.

    • Center for Disease Control
      This highly regarded site provides information on specific health and safety topics, a public health image library, state and national data sets on health and disease, and much more. The A-Z index provides easy access to statistical and other information on specific conditions.

    • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
      The FDA oversees pharmaceuticals as well as medical devices and their approval. The FDA website provides information on the products that it regulates including: food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics.

    • Institute of Medicine (IOM)
      The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. IOM’s site provides access to numerous reports and information on matters of biomedical science, medicine, and health.

    • National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health
      This website is a handy gateway to many of the valuable National Library of Medicine databases and resources.

    • PubMed MEDLINE
      A service of the National Library of Medicine, PubMed MEDLINE is a comprehensive index of biomedical citations dating back to the 1940’s. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites.

    • PubMed Central
      PubMed Central is the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) digital repository of full-text, peer-reviewed biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research journals. This excellent site provides free and unrestricted access to all materials in the PubMed Central digital collection.

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    Complementary & Alternative

    • Dietary Supplements Labels Database
      This databases captures information on dietary supplement labels. Ingredients are linked to other National Library of Medicine databases to allow users to understand the characteristics of ingredients and view the results of research pertaining to them. This database is expected to grow and will eventually include most dietary supplement products sold to American consumers.

    • Quackwatch
      Founded by Dr. Stephen Barrett, the primary focus of this site is “quackery” related information that is difficult or impossible to get elsewhere. Quackwatch, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to combat health-related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies, and misconduct.

    • National Center for Complementary Medicine (NCCAM)
      From the National Institutes of Health, this site contains a wealth of information pertaining to complementary and alternative healing practices. It includes information on research, clinical trials, and a variety of heath topics and treatments.

    • Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)
      Through its website, the ODS provides information on dietary supplement use and safety, dietary supplement fact sheets, nutrient recommendations, access to information on dietary supplement ingredients, resources for researchers, and information on funding opportunities.

    • Sloan-Kettering - About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products
      This useful resource contains information on herbs, botanicals, vitamins, and other dietary supplements. Entries typically include a clinical summary, scientific name, purported uses, constituents, mechanism of action, food sources, pharmacokinetics, warnings, adverse reactions, drug or lab interactions, and extensive references.

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    Consumer Health and Wellness

    • CAPHIS - Consumer and Patient Health Information
      Created by the librarians of the Medical Library Association, the “CAPHIS Top 100 List” is the premier gateway to quality online health information.

    • Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
      Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs is a free, grant-funded public information project of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports. It provides reports that compare prescription drugs by category and include an expert review of the scientific evidence along with pricing information. These reports are designed to help patients - in consultation with their doctors - find effective, safe and affordable medicines.

    • FDA Consumer Health Information
      This Food and Drug Administration (FDA) site features timely consumer health stories on pressing FDA topics, provides links to its most requested information, includes easy to read publications, and much more. Also, be sure to visit the FDA home page for in depth information on FDA regulated products, as well as links to numerous sources of information on FDA related activities.

      This site is operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). All information on this site was written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP.

    • Healthfinder
      Consumer oriented database of health topics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    • Hospital Compare
      This consumer oriented website provides information on how well hospitals care for their adult patients. It includes patient survey results that rate the quality of care received during recent hospital stays.

    • Household Products Database
      This database provides health and safety information on household products. Information in the Household Products Database is taken from a variety of publicly available sources, including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets prepared by manufacturers.

    • Lab Tests Online
      Lab Tests Online has been designed to help patients and family caregivers better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases. This site includes test descriptions, a library of conditions and diseases, screening guide, in depth articles, and an index to news articles.

    • Mayo Clinic
      Sponsored by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, this site provides practical, well organized consumer health information. It includes information on a variety of diseases and conditions, drugs and supplements, healthy living, and much more.

    • MedlinePlus
      This excellent resource brings together authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. This site contains consumer oriented information on a variety of health topics; it includes directories to organizations, medical dictionary, medical encyclopedia, and a comprehensive drug database. Also available in Spanish.

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    Health Care Providers

    Health Organizations

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    Disaster Planning

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    Disease Specific Sites

    Alzheimer’s Disease

    • Alzheimer's Association
      The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and support to family members, caregivers, and health professionals on Alzheimer’s disease. Its website is updated daily and includes current news articles, access to numerous publications, fact sheets and reports, a visual brain tour, and more.

    • Alzforum: Alzheimer Research Forum
      Founded in 1996, the Alzheimer Research Forum reports on the latest scientific findings, creates and maintains public databases on research data and reagents, and produces discussion forums to promote debate and the dissemination of new ideas. This site includes research and drug news, information on disease management, access to publications, and more.

    Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism

    • Autism Society of America (ASA)
      The ASA and its chapters provide information and education, support research, and advocate for programs and services for the autism community. Its site includes resources for diagnosis and consultation, treatment, and education for children with autism.

    • Autism Speaks - Autism Video Glossary
      This website provides access to the ASD video glossary – a unique collection of online videos that can help parents and professionals see the subtle differences between typical and delayed development in young children and spot the early red flags of autism. The videos cover aspects of social interaction, communication, repetitive behaviors and restricted interest, regulatory and sensory systems, treatments, and outcomes. New users must register to access the ASD video glossary.


    • The American Cancer Society
      Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the American Cancer Society is a community-based voluntary health organization with local offices nationwide. Its website provides numerous resources for health care professionals, cancer patients, and their families.

    • National Cancer Institute
      This exceptional website provides comprehensive information on a variety of cancer topics. It includes a directory to multiples types of cancer, information on clinical trials, statistics, and other useful resources.

    • National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)
      The NCCN is a not-for-profit alliance of twenty of the world’s leading cancer centers working together to develop treatment guidelines for most cancers. Among this site’s resources is an online library of clinical practice guidelines. New users must register to access the guidelines.

    • OncoLink
      Created by the cancer specialists at the University of Pennsylvania, this website provides current information on specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatment, news about research advances, and more.

    • Oncology Nursing Society - Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP)
      The ONS Outcomes Resource Area (ORA) provides nurses with direct patient care information and research evidence regarding outcomes. A major portion of this site is devoted to the Oncology Nursing Society’s Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) resources. These provide evidence regarding interventions for nursing-sensitive patient outcomes, findings from synthesized reviews or meta-analysis, summary of relevant guidelines, definitions, and extensive reference lists.

    Cardiovascular Disease


    • American Diabetes Association
      This website covers a wide array of topics and includes information on nutrition, weight loss and exercise, diabetes prevention, and research. It also provides access to several scientific journals and other professional resources published by the American Diabetes Association.

    • Joslin Diabetes Center
      Founded in 1898, the Joslin Diabetes Center focuses on three critical areas related to diabetes: research, care, and education. Its website includes consumer health resources, as well as information for researchers and health care providers.

    Eating Disorders

    Gastrointestinal Disorders

    Genetic Disorders

    • Genetics Home Reference
      This excellent site provides clearly written information on the effects of genetic variations on human health. It includes information on the genetics of health conditions, diseases, and syndromes as well as information on related genes and chromosomes. Also included are a “Help Me Understand Genetics” handbook, a glossary of medical and genetic definitions, and useful links to genetics information and organizations.

    • National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
      The NHGRI’s mission is to understand the structure and function of the human genome and its role in health and disease. Its website serves as a gateway to information on current genetics research and it provides resources for students, educators, patients, health professionals, and researchers.

    • National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)
      This site provides access to an extensive rare disease database with reports on more than 1,200 diseases. Brief reports are provided for free, but users must register to access free full length reports. Also included is a database of organizations, and other resources for patients and medical professionals.


    Substance Abuse

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    Drugs and Chemicals

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    Evidence Based Practice

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    Food and Nutrition

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    Health Disparities

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    Health Policy and Think Tanks

    • AcademyHealth
      AcademyHealth is a national organization that promotes interaction across the health research and policy arenas. Its site provides access to publications and reports pertaining to current health care issues.

    • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
      This federal agency conducts and sponsors research on healthcare quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. It provides access to numerous reports including the National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports.

    • American Public Health Association (APHA)
      The APHA is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world. Its site provides information on the current topics and issues affecting health policy in the United States.

    • The Brookings Institution
      The Brookings Institution is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes independent research and policy solutions. Its site provides access to reports and other publications pertaining to health policy.

    • The Commonwealth Fund
      The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that supports independent research for health care practice and policy. Its website provides access to numerous publications, survey results, data charts, grant information, and more.

    • is the official website for U.S. federal legislative information. The site provides access to accurate, timely, and complete legislative information for members of Congress, legislative agencies, and the public. The site includes information on House and Senate bills with their text and status, text of the Congressional Record, and committee information.

    • Healthy People 2020
      Created by scientists both inside and outside of government, Healthy People 2020 is a comprehensive set of disease prevention and health promotion objectives for the United States. It identifies a wide range of public health priorities and specific, measurable objectives.

    • Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries
      The purpose of this site is to make information and evidence-based strategies related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives easier to find. It provides pre-formulated search strategies to published literature in PubMed MEDLINE for the Healthy People 2020 topic areas.

    • The Heritage Foundation
      A conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation publishes research on domestic and foreign policy issues. Among this site’s resources are numerous reports pertaining to health care.

    • The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)
      Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation that focuses on the major health care issues facing our nation. The KFF develops and runs its own research and communications programs, often in partnership with outside organizations. This site provides access to many valuable resources pertaining to health policy.

    • Hospital Compare
      This consumer oriented website provides information on how well hospitals care for their adult patients. It includes patient survey results that rate the quality of care received during recent hospital stays.

    • Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
      IRP is a center for interdisciplinary research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. As one of three Area Poverty Research Centers sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it has a particular interest in poverty and family welfare in the Midwest. The Institute publishes numerous reports on poverty which are available through this website.

    • RAND Health
      A division of the nonprofit RAND Corporation, RAND Health provides research summaries, publications, and survey data related to current health policy concerns. It includes information on healthcare, public safety, aging, and more.

    • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
      The RWJF provides research grants in health care and works toward the reduction of health disparities. Program evaluations and reports are available for many funded projects.

    • Trust for America's Health (TFAH)
      Trust for America's Health is a non-profit, non-partisan research group that focuses on disease prevention. This website provides numerous statistics and reports on issues relating to health policy and public health in the United States.

    • United Health Foundation
      The mission of the United Health Foundation is to provide information that supports the health and medical decisions made by health professionals, individuals, and community leaders in order to create better health outcomes and healthier communities. Among this site’s resources are the respected America's Health Rankings™ reports.

    • United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
      The HRSA is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. Included among this site’s resources is a “data warehouse” with access to statistics, mapping tools, and customizable reports.

    • The Urban Institute
      An independent nonpartisan organization, the Urban Institute gathers and analyzes data, conducts policy research, and evaluates programs and services related to various issues of national priority.

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    Health Statistics

    Wisconsin Health Statistics

    National Health Statistics

    International Health Statistics

    • Global Health Observatory (GHO)
      World Health Organization’s guide to international statistical and epidemiological information.

    • HealthStats
      HealthStats is the World Bank’s comprehensive database of health, nutrition, and population statistics. It provides information on topics such as HIV/AIDS, immunization, health workforce and health facilities use, nutrition, reproductive health, water and sanitation, and more. Users can access data by country, topic, or indicator.

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    International Health

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    Nursing Theory

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    • The AHRQ Informed Consent and Authorization Toolkit
      The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed the Informed Consent and Authorization Toolkit for Minimal Risk Research to facilitate the process of obtaining informed consent and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) authorization from potential research subjects. This toolkit contains information for people responsible for ensuring that potential research subjects are informed in a manner that is consistent with medical ethics and regulatory guidelines.

    • provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research on human volunteers. This site gives information about a trial's purpose, eligibility, and contact and location information.

    • Federal Legislation and Regulations for Research with Humans
      Produced by the American Psychological Association (APA), this site provides access to information on legislation and regulations that affect the conduct of research with human participants. Also included are resources that provide guidance on various human research protection issues and access to seminal documents in bioethics. This site also provides information on nonhuman animal research.

    • Google Scholar
      A subset of Google, Google Scholar provides access to scholarly citations from a wide range of subject areas, with the strongest coverage in science & technology. Among Google Scholar’s resources is a citation index. This handy research tool allows users to easily establish which documents cite a particular journal article or book. It is also useful for verifying citations and locating similar documents. To access the citation index, look for the “cited by” link.

    • is the premier source for finding information on federal government grants and is the central storehouse for all discretionary grants offered by the 26 federal grant-making agencies. The site includes tools and documents that will help new users understand the application process.

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    Senior Health

    • AgingStats.Gov
      This site provides statistical data on the aging population collected by 15 major U.S. government agencies. It includes access to the Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being report which has current data on older Americans and their families.

    • Alzheimer’s Association
      The Alzheimer’s Association provides information and support to family members, caregivers, and health professionals on Alzheimer’s disease. Its website is updated frequently and includes current news articles, access to a variety of publications, an interactive brain tour, advocacy resources, and more.

      The official U.S. government site for people with Medicare provides access to the latest information on Medicare enrollment and benefits. It includes useful tools that allow users to compare hospitals, home health agencies, and nursing homes using defined criteria and quality of care measures. This site also allows users to find and compare Medicare health plans, Medigap policies, and Medicare prescription drug plans.

    • The Merck Manual of Geriatrics
      This respected text features a unique interdisciplinary approach that specifically addresses the challenges facing geriatric care. It includes information on evaluation of the elderly patient, drug-related problems, provision of care, social issues, and more.

    • NIH Senior Health Information for Older Adults
      This website is designed for older adults and was developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine. It includes information on a variety of health topics and has user friendly features for the visually impaired.

    • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
      The National Institute of Aging provides leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. It is the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research. Among the site’s resources are numerous NIA publications that are available to order or as free downloads.

    • Wisconsin Nursing Homes
      Produced by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, this site provides access to information on nursing homes, as well as facilities serving people with developmental disabilities in Wisconsin.

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    Transcultural Health

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    Women's Health

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