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Community Health Engagement: Consumer & Patient Health Information Sources

This page features consumer health information sources to which healthcare workers and health sciences students can direct and/or print out materials for their patients. Information from these sites are written in plain language and come from credible, reliable, updated, and authoritative sources, including the National Library of Medicine.

Penn Medicine Patient Resources

Health Insurance & Financial Aid Resources

Health Insurance Marketplace

Information and enrollment site for health insurance coverage obtained through the Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare).

Drug Information

Penn Libraries subscribes to the following Point-Of-Care Tools for Penn-affiliated clinicians to access. These tools also contain patient education resources.

Start Here: MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus is a trusted health information resource. The website is free, easy to understand, excludes ads, and is kept up to date by the National Library of Medicine. It's also offered En Español. It offers information on health topics, drugs and supplements, videos and tools, lab test information, a medical encyclopedia, and links to health information in multiple languages. 

Health Information in Multiple Languages

Health Websites

The following websites are particularly useful for patients and consumers (sites are listed in alphabetical, NOT ranked, order):

Addressing Health-Related Misinformation

The San Diego State Health Information Partnership created the following materials to address health-related misinformation.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) also provides the following resources.

Mental Health Resources

Health Websites for Kids

Multimedia, Apps, Tutorials, and Games

Social Support for Health Conditions

PatientsLikeMe: This site describes itself as a free website where "people with chronic health conditions get together and share their experiences living with disease" so that patients can learn from others who have gone before them and  researchers can apply learnings to develop new and better treatments.

Smart PatientsSmart Patients, is an online community founded by Giles Frydman, one of the founders of Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR) and Roni Zeiger, an urgent care doctor. This community is intended for patients and families affected by a variety of illnesses.

***Please note that because PatientsLikeMe and Smart Patients serve as social sites, individuals share their own experiences and perspectives. While information sharing and social support can be extremely valuable, each person, their diagnosis, and treatment is different. Patients should talk with their doctors about information shared on the site and should follow their doctor's advice.***

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