To make navigating the wealth of health and medical information on the Web easier, we have divided our collection of health-related resources into three categories (each with its own page):
- Comprehensive Health Information, News/Journals, Search Tools for Health and Medical Information
Sites devoted to providing health information on a wide range of medical topics as well as health-related search tools, indexes, medical journals, and news.
- Medical Topics (other than specific diseases)
Topics such as environmental health, nutrition and fitness, drugs, pediatrics, and mental health can be found here.
Sites devoted to specific disease can be found here.
An opening piece of advice and warning: Before venturing onto the Web in search of health-related information, we advise that you familiarize yourself with important ways to evaluate the quality of the information you will find. While we have made every effort to ensure the quality and authority of the sites to which we link directly, many of the places you can go from there (especially when using search engines) may not be so reputable.
Make your first stop one or more of the following resources:
- AMA Guidelines for Medical and Health Information Sites on the Internet
Guidelines include disclosure of site ownership and funding, independent peer review of content, identification of content source, timely updates, and other common sense rules for making the sites useful and more accountable.
- HON Code of Conduct for Medical and Health Sites
The Health on the Net Foundation defines a set of rules to hold Web site developers to basic ethical standards in the presentation of information and to help make sure readers always know the source and the purpose of the data they are reading.
- Medical Library Association: A User’s Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
This guide outlines the collective wisdom of medical librarians who surf the web every day to discover quality information in support of clinical and scientific decision making by doctors, scientists, and other health practitioners responsible for the nation’s health.
Award-winning site that serves as a guide to health fraud, quackery, and intelligent decisions.