From the National Library of Medicine. Health topics, drug Information, medical
encyclopedia and dictionaries, referrals to libraries and organizations serving the public. There is also a Spanish language version of the database.
Provides patient handouts you can customize with special instructions for a specific
patient, physician's name, office address and phone number.
Merck Manual of Medical Information (Home Edition)
Written for the layperson but still containing
the same "vital information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment."
Health topics, including arrangement by age and race, from DHHS. Includes a Spanish version of the database.
Including the Health Reference Center - searchable by anyone with a valid
Providence Public Library card.
Federal Citizen Information Center
Pamphlets from various government agencies. Many available to order free of charge or to download as PDFs.
Ethnomed - Cross-Cultural Resources
Cultural competency and patient handouts. Includes Cambodian, Chinese, Vietnamese,
Ethiopian, Somali and more.
Multilingual Glossary of Technical and Popular Medical Terms in Eight European Languages
Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish
Consumer Health Information in Many Languages
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine portal to resources in multiple languages and in specific languages.
Prevention Communication Research Database
A searchable collection of audience research conducted or sponsored by HHS agencies. May provide program planners and health communication specialists with insight into different audiences in relation to key prevention issues such as physical activity, healthy eating, tobacco use, and substance abuse.
Health Literacy Improvement
Tools for improving patient health literacy. From the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Resources for Health Consumers
From the Medical Library Association. Includes a wide variety of topics of interest to the public: comparing hospitals, deciphering "medspeak", evaluating medical information, understanding medical records and the patient's bill of rights.
Geriatric Educational Resources for Instructors and Elders
Long Island University posted site with resources for patients, instructors.
The Science Inside
Online books written for the Healthy People Library Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In-depth, lay level information.
A clearinghouse of information on how to meet the language and cultural needs of minorities, immigrants, refugees and other diverse populations seeking health care. Includes cultural competency models and best practices, policy and legal issues.