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Consumer Health Resources Topic Guide: Websites

Medication Information

What is it?

Drug Information Portal (USNLM/NIH/HHS)
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

Drug Digest
DrugDigest's Interaction Tools 

http://www.drugdigest.org/wps/portal/ddigest

Drugs & Supplements (MedlinePlus)
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

Drugs.com
Trusted Drug Information Online (Drugs.com)

http://www.drugs.com

Food & Drug Administration
FDA Drug Section
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/default.htm

Pillbox
Drug Identification (Pillbox)

http://pillbox.nlm.nih.gov/

DailyMed
Drug Package Inserts (Dailymed)

http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/about.cfm

Supplements (NIH)
http://ods.od.nih.gov/

Rx List
RX List

http://www.rxlist.com/script/main/hp.asp

Cost

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs
http://www.consumerreports.org/health/best-buy-drugs/index.htm

Pill Splitting (Consumer Reports)
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/PillSplitting-FINAL.pdf

Generic Drugs (Consumer Reports)
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/GenericDrugs-FINAL.pdf

Prescription Assistance Programs (Consumer Reports)
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/AssistancePrograms.pdf

Safety

Medicine Safety: A Toolkit for Families
http://www.learnaboutrxsafety.org/

Side Effects (Consumer Reports)
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/SideEffects1.pdf

Pill Splitting (Consumer Reports)
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/PillSplitting-FINAL.pdf

Starting a New Drug (Consumer Reports)
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/StartingNewDrug.pdf

Managing Multiple Medicines (Consumer Reports)
http://www.consumerreports.org/health/resources/pdf/best-buy-drugs/money-saving-guides/english/MultipleMedicines-FINAL.pdf

Taking Drugs as Directed (Consumer Reports)
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/TakingAsDirected.pdf

Reading Labels and Patient Information Sheets (Consumer Reports)
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ReadingLabels1.pdf

Reading Labels - Picture (Womenshealth.gov)
http://www.womenshealth.gov/aging/drugs-alternative-medicine/how-to-read-drug-labels.cfm

FDA: For Consumers
http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/default.htm

The New Over-the-Counter Medicine Label (FDA)
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/ucm133411.htm

Tips for Dietary Supplement Users (FDA)
http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/UsingDietarySupplements/ucm110567.htm

Website Evaluation

Is this a good website?

A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web (Medical Library Association)
A User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web (Medical Library Association)
http://www.mlanet.org/resources/userguide.html

Evaluating Online Sources of Health Information (National Cancer Institute)
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/cancerlibrary/health-info-online

Finding Reliable Health Information on the Internet (Johns Hopkins)
http://www.slideshare.net/JHBMC_CHL/evaluating-consumer-health-websites

Health on the Net Foundation
http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Patients/Visitor/visitor.html

Look for the HONCode Symbol
on web pages

HONCode

How to Evaluate Health Information on the Internet (FDA)
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/BuyingMedicinesOvertheInternet/ucm202863.htm

Online Health Information: Can You Trust It? (National Institute on Aging, NIH)
http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/online-health-information-can-you-trust-it

NC Health Info - Evaluating Online Health Information
NC Health Info - Evaluating Online Health Information

http://www.nchealthinfo.org/reference_and_tools/EvalHealthInfo.cfm

Trust It, or Trash It?
Trust It or Traxh It?
http://www.trustortrash.org/

Mobile Apps

just think APP (American Health Information Management Association)
This guide is not an app, but is designed to help you understand and make educated decisions about using mobile health applications (“app”).
http://www.myphr.com/HealthLiteracy/MX7644_myPHRbrochure.final7-3-13.pdf

About Herbs App

About Herbs
From Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Integrative Medicine Service — provides comprehensive, objective information about herbs, botanicals, supplements, complementary therapies, and more.  Compatible with iPad®, iPhone®, and iPod Touch® devices. A web app version for all other mobile devices is also available.
http://www.mskcc.org/apps

Mobile MedlinePlus
Check for drug side effects while you wait in line at the pharmacy, or look up answers to your health questions wherever you are.
http://m.medlineplus.gov/

Complemementary and Alternative Medicine

Complementary/Integrative Medicine Education Resources (CIMER)
http://www.mdanderson.org/patient-and-cancer-information/cancer-information/cancer-topics/cancer-treatment/complementary-medicine/index.html

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - Integrative Medicine
http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine

National Center for Conplementary and Alternative Medicine
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine 

http://nccam.nih.gov/

Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine

http://cam.cancer.gov/

University of Maryland Medical Center - Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide
University of Maryland Medical Center - Cemplementary and Alternative Medicine Guide
http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed

Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing (Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of MInnesota) 
http://takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/

Types of CAM

Botanical Websites

About Herbs, Botanicals & Other Products (MSKCC)
http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/about-herbs-botanicals-other-products

Botanical.com (An online version of A Modern Herbal, first published in 1931)
http://botanical.com/

Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
http://www.ars-grin.gov/duke/

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)
http://www.itis.gov/

Native American Ethnobotany (University of Michigan)
http://herb.umd.umich.edu/

The Plant List 
http://www.theplantlist.org/

Choosing a Doctor

Search for a Doctor

AMA Doctor Finder
Doctor Finder (AMA)

https://extapps.ama-assn.org/doctorfinder/

AIM Doc Finder
http://www.docboard.org 

Choosing a Doctor

American Board of Medical Specialties:  How to Choose a Doctor
American Board of Medical Specialties:  How to Choose a Doctor
http://www.certificationmatters.org/take-charge-of-your-health-care.aspx

AHRQ: Choosing a Doctor 
http://archive.ahrq.gov/consumer/qnt/qntdr.htm

Consumer Reports: How to Choose a Doctor 
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/how-to-choose-a-doctor/index.htm

Georgia Medical Board
Georgia Medical Board: Tips on Choosing a Doctor 

http://medicalboard.georgia.gov/tips-choosing-doctor

MedlinePlus: Choosing a Doctor or Health Care Service
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/choosingadoctororhealthcareservice.html

USA.gov: Choosing a Doctor 
http://www.usa.gov/topics/health/choose-doctor.shtml

Hospitals

National Patient Safety Foundation
Tools and Resources for Patients and Consumers (National Patient Safety Foundation)
http://www.npsf.org/for-patients-consumers/tools-and-resources-for-patients-and-consumers/

Choosing a hospital

Do Your Homework Before You Choose A Hospital (AHRQ)
http://www.ahrq.gov/news/columns/navigating-the-health-care-system/061708.html

Choosing a Hospital (WebMD)
http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/choosing-hospital

How to choose a hospital (Consumer Reports)
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2013/01/how-to-choose-a-hospital/index.htm

Quality Check: Find a Health Care Organization (The Joint Commission)
http://www.qualitycheck.org/consumer/searchQCR.aspx

While in the Hospital

8 things to do during your [hospital] stay (Consumer Reports)
http://consumerhealthchoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/HospitalSurvivalGuide-YourStay.pdf

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