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COMMERCIAL
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e.g. Healthwise






HEALTH INFORMATION: ONLINE PATIENT EDUCATION


    INFORMATION SOURCE:
    EDUCATION SITES
    NAVIGATION:
    SEARCH & FIND
    FORMS OF PRESENTATION DEPTH/DEGREE
    of SPECIFICITY
    DECISION AIDS FOR PATIENTS
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Dept.of Health & Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting & supporting medical research... Composed of 27 Institutes and Centers, the NIH provides leadership & financial support to researchers... NIH maintains a variety of medical or health information data bases either directly or through the various Institutes e.g. the Ntl. Cancer Institute or the Ntl. Medical Library.
    Medline Plus A National Institute of Health website which provides authoritative up-to-date information on over 800 diseases and conditions from the National Library of Medicine

    MedlinePlus Quality Guidelines

    MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing

  1. Search Engine
  2. A-Z Indices by
    --- Topics,
    --- Symptoms,
    --- Diagnostic Tests
    --- Drugs
    --- Med. Encyclopedia
  3. Dictionary w/Audio Pronounciation
  4. Directories(Specialists, Hospitals)
  5. Med. photographs & illustrations
  6. Animated graphics w/audio
  7. Surgery Videos:
    "Operating Room Live"
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  8. Links to Specialty Journal articles



    MedlinePlus
  9. Interactive Health Tutorials e.g. Benefits & Risks of Tests & Treatments
  10. Interactive Health Check Tools e.g. self-assessments/ quizzes
  11. Q & A
  12. Find Specialist or Hospital by location/ Medicare reimbursement
  13. PubMed Search for more indepth articles of the NIH which has over 19 million citations. Search by:
    --- author(s) or title
    --- clinical categories e.g. diagnoses, treatments
    --- topic/subject, e.g. Bio-Ethics, Cancer
    Animated Tutorials for navigating this site (with Audio) Research Articles
    -- Abstracts
    -- Full Articles (some free)
    User can ask for narrow, specific or broad, sensitive searches or systematic review/ guidelines
    Physician Data Query PDQ is the National Cancer Institute's comprehensive cancer database.
  14. A-Z Indices for (Adult) Treatments
    --- Patient Version
    --- Health Professionals
  15. Patient Version has
    --- text & medical illustrations (can be enlarged)
  16. Prof.Version has
    --- TNM:Tumor size, Node involvement, Metastases
    --- Linked Journals
  17. Treatment Options based on Staging 0-IV/if cancer recurred e.g.surgery, chemo, radiation, targeted therapy, Clinical Trials
  18. Commercial Health Information Providers: Health Brochures
      • HopeHealth.Com (used by Navy Hospital Clinic in Bremerton) "... is a specialty publisher focused on producing easy-to-read, interesting, and actionable health, wellness and benefits media" (e.g. wellness brochures)
        "...over 30 years of serving workplaces, health plans and communities. We have more than 3,000 clients, in all 50 states, and of different sizes and descriptions.
        ...health, marketing, wellness, benefits, technical writing, clear design and creative skills — all combined into one powerful employee communication engine.
        ...easy-to-read and high comprehension content. We’re committed to Plain Language, improving health literacy, and producing relevant, actionable information. "


      • Krames [used by Jefferson Healthcare] "... is the market leader in patient education and consumer health information solutions. Over 85 percent of American hospitals, as well as leading health plans, employer groups, private practices and pharmaceutical companies use Krames’ solutions to improve quality of care, streamline workflow and lower healthcare costs.




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    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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