The Medical Library Association finds the following web sites particularly useful (sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order)
- Medline Plus
"National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free."
National Cancer Institute (NCI) resource site. General information available by type of cancer. The site includes contact information, plus offers 'live' online chat help.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC's primary online communication channel. Provides health information on: data & statistics, diseases/conditions, emergencies & disasters, travelers' health, and much more.
"Operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians. All of the information on this site has been written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the AAFP."
"A government Web site where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy."
- HIV InSite
"Produced in collaboration with the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and other components of the UCSF AIDS Research Institute. HIV InSite's mission is to be a source for comprehensive, in-depth HIV/AIDS information and knowledge."
"KidsHealth provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens."
- Mayo Clinic
"Find information on hundreds of conditions. Check your symptoms. Improve your lifestyle. "
- NIH SeniorHealth
"NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM)"