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ONLINE
HEALTH INFORMATION
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How to Evaluate
such Internet Sites

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SELECTIVE
OVERVIEW

a Handout/Flyer

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INFORMATION
BY SOURCE
ORGANIZATION


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FEDERAL
GOVERNMENT
e.g.National Institute of Health (NIH)

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UNIVERSITY
WEBS
e.g. Johns Hopkins


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SPECIALTY
ORGANIZATIONS
e.g. Cancer Society


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COMMERCIAL
INFORMATION
PROVIDERS
e.g. WebMD


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INFORMATION
BY SELECTED
HEALTH TOPIC


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ARTHRITIS & ORTHOPEDICS
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BRAIN &
& DEMENTIA
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CANCER
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CARDIAC
ATTACK
e.g. 911 protocols:
Signs & Symptoms
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DIABETES
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DRUGS
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LAB TESTS
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NUTRITION
& EXERCISE

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PAIN
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PALLIATIVE
CARE

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PULMONARY
DISEASES

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STROKE
e.g. 911 protocols:
Signs & Symptoms

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SURGERY

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INFORMATION
VIA DIFFERENT
MEDIA


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INTERACTIVE
SITES

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VIDEOS

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SLIDE SHOWS

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NEWS MEDIA
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LITERATURE

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EDUCATION
FORUMS

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INFORMATION
BY SEARCH
MODALITY


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PLHEALTH
A - Z INDEX
& SITE SEARCH

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MEDICAL
DICTIONARIES

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A - Z
DATA BASES

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MEDICAL
SEARCH
ENGINES

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RESEARCH
& TRIALS
Data Bases

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LOCAL
LIBRARIES
Data Bases & Shelves





HEALTH INFORMATION: ONLINE PATIENT EDUCATION


  1. MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing
    1. Consider the source--Use recognized authorities
    2. Focus on quality--All Web sites are not created equal
    3. Be a cyberskeptic--Quackery abounds on the Web
    4. Look for the evidence--Rely on medical research, not opinion
    5. Check for currency--Look for the latest information
    6. Beware of bias--What is the purpose? Who is providing the funding?
    7. Protect your privacy--Health information should be confidential
    8. Consult with your health professional--Patient/provider partnerships lead to the best medical decisions
  2. 10 Things To Know About Evaluating Medical Resources
    on the Web (Univ.Wash.)
    1. Who runs this site?
    2. Who pays for the site?
    3. What is the purpose of the site?
    4. Where does the information come from?
    5. What is the basis of the information?
    6. How is the information selected?
    7. How current is the information?
    8. How does the site choose links to other sites?
    9. What information about you does the site collect, and why?
    10. How does the site manage interactions with visitors?




OTHER HEALTH INFORMATION SOURCES

  1. Jefferson Cty Library Port Hadlock (incl. online)

    1. Ask a Librarian (Online/Email) (Reference Librarian)

    2. Online "Consumer Health Complete" [go to "Services", then: Databases, then: Consumer Health Complete, then sign in with your Library Card Patron# to: EBSCO Online Data Base,
      Includes, among others, these sources:
      • Encyclopedias & Reference Books
      • MAYO Clinic Family Health Book, Scott Litin, M.D., Editor in Chief
      • Evidence-Based Reports
      • Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs 2011
      • Cornell Illustrated Encyclopedia of Health
      • Videos & Animations, Images & Diagrams

    3. Local Collection:
      1. Medical Reference Shelf, next to computers (the following & others:)
        • For Drugs: PDR (Prescription Drug Reference)[on Reference Shelf] Online "access to PDR.net is free to U.S.-based MDs, DOs, Dentists, Optometrists, NPs and PAs in full-time patient practice, and to U.S. medical students, residents and other select prescribing allied health professionals. PDR Website"
        • For Medical Conditions & Treatment: Latest (2011) "Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment" (McPhee & Papadakis, McGrawHill - Lange Medical Books) [Ref 610 Current 2011]
        • MAYO Clinic Family Health Book, Scott Litin, M.D., Editor in Chief 4th ed. TIME INC, 2009 [Ref 613 MAYO CL 2009]
        • Black's Medical Dictionary, Harvey Marcovitch, ed., 42nd ed., 2010 [Ref 610 Blacks]

      2. Check-out Stacks or consult with Librarian

    4. Inter-Library Loan (consult with Reference Librarian)

    5. Downloadable Books -- E-Books [AnyTime Library Service]

    6. Bookmobile Schedule 1:30 – 4:30 Port Ludlow Village Store (next to Recycling Containers)

    7. Home Library Service is a free, personalized home delivery service for county residents who are unable to visit the Library due to age, disability or illness... Items are selected based on patron requests and preferences, checked out on a monthly basis, and delivered by Home Library staff. This personalized service is available to residents of the unincorporated part of Jefferson County, those who live outside Port Townsend city limits.


  2. Kitsap Regional Library (Sylvan Way, next to Post Office, off Wheaton Way)

    Reference Materials (among others; ask at Reference Desk):

    • CONN's Current Therapy, 2010 [R615.5 CONNS C 2010]
    • Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 31st ed., [R 610.3 Dorland 2007]
    • McGraw Hill - Lange: Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment, 2010 [R616.075 CURRENT 2010]
    • PDR (Physicians' Desk Reference), 2011 [610.3 PHYSICI 2010]
    • Stedman's Medical Dictionary for Health Professions and Nursing, 2012 [R610.3 Stedman 2012]

    Recommended Health Websites


  3. ONLINE INFORMATION ABOUT HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDERS, SUPPORT SERVICES & LEGISLATION


  4. Information supplied by Medical Providers (Online & otherwise)


  5. HEALTH EDUCATION EVENTS, PROGRAMS & GUIDES

    • Health Presentations & Events in Port Ludlow [Table]

    • Educational Events outside Port Ludlow

      • Harrison Calendar of Educational/Informational Events Whether you're having a new baby, coping with a difficult diagnosis, or searching for ways to improve your health, Harrison has classes, support groups, and events just for you. To register for a class, call Education Services at 360-744-6765.

      • Group Health Classes (and Support Events) in Western Washington

      • Jefferson Healthcare
        • Wellness Programs
          To support you, we offer a number of education programs, along with supervised exercise programs and support groups. The programs we currently offer are
          
          cardiac rehabilitation, 
          diabetes education, 
          the Exercise for Health program, 
          pulmonary rehabilitation, 
          support groups, 
          massage therapy, 
          the Beginning with Balance program, 
          exercise treadmill testing, 
          the Freedom from Smoking program, and 
          community forums–which also are replayed on PTTV. 
          

    • Behavior Change Podcasts URAC promotes health care quality, and we know that consumers today desire to be active participants in their health care. Delivering on the promise of consumer empowerment and protection requires developing, analyzing and disseminating knowledge about living and breathing programs so consumers can make educated decisions.

  6. Health & Medical News [from National & International Organizations & Media]


    Disclaimer:
    The WebGuys behind this assembly of Web resources are not responsible for the content of the Web Sites to which they have provided links. Nothing on this site shall constitute medical advice.
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Insider's Tip:
Don't put additional pressure on yourself by assuming that you're not smart enough to absorb medical information. Conduct your research in the manner that suits you best. It will make you feel more -- not less -- confident.
[Andrew Schorr, The Web-Savvy Patient, 2011, p.46.]


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