Resources by Specialty/Subject

Associations and Organizations

Drug Information

  • AccessMedicine – drug information searchable alphabetically, by generic name, by brand name, or by drug class; also has patient education handouts
  • Drugs@FDA – U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved drug products database, searchable by drug name or active ingredient
  • Drugs of Abuse – National Institute on Drug Abuse web site with resources for health care providers & patients
  • Lexi-Comp – point-of-care drug information resource; includes the following drug information databases: Lexi-Drugs Online, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, AHFS Essentials & DI, Natural Products, Pharmacogenomics, Infectious Diseases, Poisoning & Toxicology, Nuclear/Biological/Chemical Agent Exposure, Lab Tests & Diagnostic Procedures, Drug Interactions, and Medical Calculations
  • MD Consult – drug information provided by Gold Standard, searchable by drug name (brand or generic), indication, contraindication, or adverse reaction
  • NLM Daily Med – database of FDA drug product labeling (package inserts) for > 5,021 approved prescription drugs, maintained by the National Library of Medicine
  • NLM Drug Information Portal – searches multiple databases at the same time, including PubMed/Medline, MedlinePlus, LactMed, DailyMed, TOXLINE, Drugs@FDA, ClinicalTrials.gov, & many others
  • NLM LactMed – Drugs & Lactation database; peer-reviewed database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed, maintained by the National Library of Medicine

Evaluation of Health Information on the Internet

Medical Blogs and Wikis

Blogs

  • Clinical Cases and Images – a case-based curriculum of clinical medicine, contains a collection of case histories with links to imaging and clinical examination & procedure websites
  • DB’s Medical Rants – explorations of medicine and the health care system by one of our own UA faculty in Huntsville
  • The Efficient MD – a practicing nephrologist trying to “help medical professionals increase their productivity, maximize their time & attention, and improve patient care”
  • Health News from Medical News Today – latest health/medical news posted throughout the day everyday
  • Kevin, M.D. – Medical Weblog – a practicing primary-care physician tells it like it is
  • Med-Source – blog written by a medical student to “provide you [other medical students] with the resources you need to save time and get some sleep during med school”
  • Musings of a Distractible Mind – a practicing primary care physician (BC in both IM & Peds) in the SE U.S. covers a wide variety of issues

Wikis

  • AskDrWiki – wiki created & maintained by physicians with the goal of providing a “collective online memory” for physicians, medical students, & other healthcare providers
  • The Efficient MD Wiki –  wiki designed to help healthcare professionals & medical students discover clinical pearls, useful resources, & strategies to improve the practice of medicine
  • ganfyd – free collaborative medical knowledge wiki which anyone can read & any registered medical practitioner can edit

Government Resources

Federal

  • AHRQ – Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
  • CDC – Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • CMS – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • FDA – U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • FoodSafety.gov – gateway to government food safety information
  • health.gov – a portal to the websites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives & activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other Federal departments & agencies
  • Healthy People 2010 – framework of national health objectives, managed by the Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion and the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • HHS – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
  • HRSA – Health Resources & Services Administration

 

  • NCI – National Cancer Institute
  • NHSC – National Health Services Corps, apply for loan repayment in exchange for practicing in a designated Health Professional Shortage Area
  • NIA – National Institute on Aging
  • NIDA – National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • NIH – National Institutes of Health
  • ODPHP – Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
  • OMH – The Office of Minority Health
  • OPHS – Office of Public Health & Science
  • PandemicFlu.gov – U.S. Government avian & pandemic flu information, managed by Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Radiation Event Medical Management – U.S. Dept of HHS, Guidance on Diagnosis & Treatment for Health Care Providers

 

State

Patient Education

  • CDC – patient health information resources developed & maintained by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
  • Children’s Health Topics – health information for children, adolescents, & their parents/family provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Cleveland Clinic Center for Consumer Health Information – health information approved by Cleveland Clinic specialists, covering over 900 health topics & updated daily
  • Doctors for Adults – patient health care information provided by the American College of Physicians
  • familydoctor.org – patient health information provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians
  • FDA – easy-to-read health information available in both English and Spanish developed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration
  • Healthy People 2010 – framework of national health objectives, managed by the Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion and the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
  • Mayo Clinic – health tools & information available in printable handout format for patients, provided by the Mayo Clinic
  • MD Consult – Patient Education handouts, nearly 10,000 written at the 6th-8th grade reading level, approx 30% available in Spanish
  • MedlinePlus – patient information about > 700 diseases/conditions and prescription & non-prescription drugs, interactive patient tutorials, medical dictionary & encyclopedia, developed & maintained (updated daily) by the National Library of Medicine

Practice Guidelines

  • AAFP Clinical Recommendations – American Academy of Family Physicians’ policy statements, clinical practice guidelines, & AAFP-endorsed clinical guidelines
  • AAP Guidelines – American Academy of Pediatrics clinical practice guidelines & policy statements
  • ACC Clinical Statements/Guidelines – evidence-based clinical statements & practice guidelines provided by the American College of Cardiology
  • ACP Guidelines – clinical practice guidelines developed by the American College of Physicians
  • Guide to Clinical Preventive Services – guidelines developed by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to assess & summarize the benefits of preventive measures, including screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America – standards & clinical practice guidelines developed &/or endorsed by IDSA; categories include: antimicrobial agent use, infections by organ system, & infections by organism;
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse – comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents, provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services