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Consumer Health

Resources Licensed for the MGH Community

  • Health Reference Center from Infotrac. Access to this database is available from PC's located in the Patient and Family Learning Center or by entering a Mass. public library card number at the Mass. Board of Library Commissioners web page.
  • UpToDate This database of intended for healthcare professionals offers patient handouts for many of its entries. Search for a topic and then look for a link that begins "Patient Information". Many handouts are illustrated. Only available via computers on the Partners network.

Resources from MGH and Affiliated Institutions

  • ARCH: Access to Resources for Community Health Based in the MGH Revere HealthCenter ARCH is a project of Treadwell Library, MGH Community Health Associates, City of Chelsea Health Department and the Massachusetts Prevention Center serving the Boston region.
  • Blum Patient and Family Learning Center Health information for patients and their families and friends.
  • Cancer Resource Room Information and access to MGH and community resources for cancer patients and their families and friends. Information for patients.
  • Cancer Patient Education (CaPE) High quality full text information for cancer patients, some of it written by MGH authors; a collaborative project between Treadwell Library and the MGH Cancer Resource Room.

Internet Sites

  • American Academy of Family Physicians Includes 350 standardized factsheets on numerous topics for family health.
  • The Canadian Health Network. The Canadian Health Network is a national, non-profit, bilingual web-based health information service.Links to over 12,000 English and French, quality-assured Canadian resources on 26 key health topics and population groups. CHN does this through a unique collaborative network of health information providers which includes Health Canada and non-profit organizations,universities, hospitals, libraries and community organizations.
  • National Library of Medicine database providing information on current clinical trials to patients, their families and members of the public.
  • Following the Clues: a visit to the doctor and and the library Making a doctor's appointment, visiting a doctor, and finding current health information can be confusing activities for young children and for adults unfamiliar with the US healthcare system. These activities are especially difficult for those who cannot speak English and for those new to the English language. 11 min. video can be viewedin English, Spanish, or Sudanese.
  • Health Education Brochures in 24 Languages This resource, from the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (University of Utah)and the Utah Department of Public Health, offers electronic access to over 200 brochures. The number of topics varies from language to language but this is a rich resource.
  • Healthfinder Consumer health information web site from the United States government.
  • Health Topics from NIAMS The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases offers patient information on many related topics both in English and Spanish.
  • Massachusetts Physician Profiles. A comprehensive look at over 27,000 physicians licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts from Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Board of Registration in Medicine.
  • MedicineNet Information from Board Certified physicians.
  • MEDLINEplus Health information for consumers from the National Library of Medicine.This resource includes in-depth web pages on disease topics, drug information and interactive tutorials on health topics. Many resources are also available in Spanish.
  • NIH Clinical Research Trials and You. This site will help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter, and how to participate.
  • Pfizer Public Health Group This website provides excellent information on health literacy initiaves including guidelines and documents available for download.
  • Research Results for the Public Fact Sheets from the National Institutes of Health summarizing research advances.
For information on alternative and complementary medicine please go to our Complementary and Alternative Medicine page.

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