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Last Updated: Aug 26, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts

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General Resources

  • Clinical Key
    Over 15,000 patient education handouts available. Most are available in English and Spanish
  • Epocrates Patient Education
    Free patient education materials selected by Epocrates Medical Information physicians and pharmacists.
  • Lexi-Comp Online with AHFS
    This resource has customizable pediatric and adult patient education prescription drug leaflets in 18 different languages. Disease and condition titles are now available in English and Spanish. Access patient handouts by searching for a drug, disease or condition and click on the AdultPALS or Pedi-PALS button.
  • Detailed Drug Information for the Consumer  Icon
    (formerly USP DIĀ® Advice for the Patient) Medication information for patients. English only.
  • AAFP Conditions A to Z  Icon
    Patient Information handouts from the American Association of Family Physicians. In English and Spanish
  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus has extensive information from the NIH and other sources on over 650 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
  • LactMed
    A peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider.
  • ToxNet  Icon
    Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.
  • National Library of Medicine Health Information
    From the world's largest medical library, find links to reliable health information.
  • eMedicine index of Patient Education topics
  • Merck Manual of Medicial Information - Home Edition
    2nd ed. - consumer health information based on the Merck Manual
  • JAMA Patient Page, The
    American Medical Association's online collection of over 400 topical overviews. Many in English and Spanish.
  • VisualDX
  • Patient Education ebooks
  • Genetics Home Reference
    Genetics Home Reference provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.

Additional Multicultural Resources

  • Consumer Health Information in Many Languages Resources
    A collaboration of the NN/LM Consumer Outreach Librarians.
    This site lists resources for both patients and healthcare practioners.
    Several of the links include background on cultural health beliefs and practices.
  • New South Wales Multicultural Health Communication Service
    A rich resource with numerous health topics that provide health information in 50 languages.
  • Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care  Icon
    Each chapter of this little guide covers a particular ethnic or cultural group.
    Using an outline format this guide highlights culturally relevant interventions and is useful for all health-care providers committed to providing culturally sensitive care, regardless of their practice setting.
  • SPIRAL: Selected Patient Information Resources in Asian Languages
    A joint initiative of the South Cove Community Health Center and Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library. SPIRAL aims to increase access to Asian-language health information for consumers and health care providers. The SPIRAL web site is a collection of links to Asian-language patient care documents that have been created by authoritative sources and are freely available on the World Wide Web. Links are organized by topic and language. SPIRAL is currently maintained by Tufts University
  • Health Information Translations
    Health Information Translations provides education resources in multiple languages for health care professionals and others to use in their communities. Resources are easy to read and culturally appropriate.

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