Health & Medicine : Consumer Health

Health & Medicine : Consumer Health

Core Resources

Be sure to check out our newly updated guide to consumer health resources, accessible from the main page of the library website!

Databases for Articles

  • Consumer Health CompleteConsumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. It includes the Clinical Reference System (including McKesson’s Health Advisor series), and the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs. Access provided by MOREnet.
  • Genetics home Reference: Your Guide to Understanding Genetic ConditionsThe National Library of Medicine’s web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions
  • MedlinePlusThe premier consumer health gateway from the National Library Medicine. Contents include a medical encyclopedia, drug information and links to evaluated health information.

Other Resources Online

Databases for Articles

Databases for Consumer Health

A Sponsored by NIH and the National Library of Medicine, this site allows patients and health care providers to search for clinical trials by name of trial location, disease or condition, age group and treatment. [more]

Consumer Health Complete Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri,uid&profile=chc

EBSCOhost Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri,uid&profile=ehost

Indexes about 2600 popular magazines, with complete text available for about 1/3 of the titles. Coverage for most magazines begins with 1993. Of particular interest is the inclusion of the complete text for over 600 consumer health pamplets. Provided courtesy of MORENET. [more]

Gale Virtual Reference Library Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Search every word in over 200 encyclopedias and reference books covering all disciplines, including the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, the Encyclopedia of Cancer, the Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease, the Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior, The Encyclopedia of Sociology, and many more. A complete list of titles can be found here. The text can be translated into Spanish, French, German, Italianb, Portuguese, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, or Korean. English language MP3 audiofiles are also available from the Tools menu. [more]

Genetics home Reference: Your Guide to Understanding Genetic Conditions

The National Library of Medicine’s web site for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes responsible for those conditions [more]


The premier consumer health gateway from the National Library Medicine. Contents include a medical encyclopedia, drug information and links to evaluated health information. [more]

Nursing Home Compare

Database to compare nursing homes. Also includes links to Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home and Nursing Home Checklist. [more]


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Other Resources Online

Other Resources Online for Consumer Health

24 Languages Project Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Written & audio translations for over 200 consumer health information pamphlets in 24 languages, including Croatian, Hmong, Laotian, Russian, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and more.

About Clinical Trials

Provides information about current clinical trials at the University of Missouri Health Care. Includes a sign up form questionnaire for consumers interested in possibly participating in a trial.

About Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products

Provides evaluative information on herbal and botanical therapies, including potential benefits/problems, interactions, adverse effects and constituents. Patient summaries are also available. From the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Free registration required.

ACOR (Association of Cancer Online Resources Inc.) Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Creates, produces, hosts and manages a very large number of specific online resources for cancer patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and basic research scientists.

Alice! Columbia University’s Health Education Program

Healthwise is the Health Education and Wellness Program of Columbia University. Healthwise contains information on drug and alcohol concerns, sexual health, nutrition & diet, emotional well-being and general health. It also contains an interactive question and answer health line.

Alliance of Genetic Support Groups

A directory of support groups for people with genetic disorders and their families. Includes many rare diseases.

AMA Doctor Finder

A directory of virtually every licensed physician in the United States. Search the 650,000+ entries by name and medical specialty.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS): Certification Matters

Also Known as: abms ; american board of medical specialties ; who’s certified ; certification matters ; certificationmatters
Verify the physician certification status by one or more of the 24 ABMS member boards, or obtain a list of board certified specialists in a given state or city. Free registration required.

American Indian Health

Provides links to Web sites, documents, databases, and other resources of interest to Native Americans. From the National Library of Medicine.

America’s Top Doctors

Lists top doctors in various specialties according to a variety of criteria that includes physician nomination of other physicians. Some information is free, but the majority is fee-based.

America’s Top Hospitals Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Top hospitals are listed on this site that accompanies America’s Top Doctors. Some information is available for free, but the majority is fee-based.

Best Doctors

Fee-based online referral service that operates and provides information based on the question of, “Which doctors would other doctors go to if they needed treatment for themselves or a loved one?”

Breast Cancer Information

Breast cancer information from the United States Department of Health and Human Services for patients, families, caregivers and survivors of breast cancer.

Cochrane Collaboration Consumer Network

Includes summaries of Cochrane reviews written for patients.

Consumer’s Checkbook: Guide to Health Care

A listing of top doctors and hospitals is available through this service. Online inforrmation is only available to subscribers. A print edition of the title is available at the library, HSL Ref W22.AA1.C758.

Destination Rx

Also Known as: destinationrx;

DIPEx: Database of Individual Patient Experiences

Patients describe their illness experiences and the impact of disease on their lives through video and audio clips. The following diseases are currently included: breast, prostate, colorectal and testicular cancer, hypertension, epilepsy, congenital heart disease, and abnormal pap smear, with plans to expand to include 100 diseases. A United Kingdom-based nonprofit site.

Directory of America’s Hospitals

From U.S. News and World Report and the American Hospital Association. Search by name, location, specialty services or equipment offered. Includes information on staff size and patient volume.


This site, created by the National Library of Medicine, is a search engine for organizations. Users can search a specific disease and find organizations that deal with that disease.

Drug Digest

Also Known as: drugdigest
Produced by the ExpressScripts Corporation, this site provides general information about drugs, vitamins, herbal medicines and their side effects, including the percentage of patients that experience different side effects. A special “Drug Interactions” tool lets you check to see if the drugs you are taking are safely taken together. Compare Drugs shows drugs with similar actions for common conditions such as hypertension, depression, and more. Drug information provided by Gold Standard.

Emedicine Consumer

Contains articles written by physicians for patients and consumers. These articles are reviewed by two physicians and a PharmD.

Also Known as: fair health consumer; fairhealth consumer
Compare customary charges for medical and dental services nationwide. Browse by procedure or search by CPT code.

Family and Community Health Information

Articles produced by the Outreach & Extension Office of the University of Missouri.

Find-a-healthcare provider at University of Missouri Hospitals & Clinics Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Search by name, medical specialty or physician interest.

Guide to Patient and Visitor Services

Online guide for patients and visitors of University of Missouri Health Care. Includes information about topics such as visiting hours, checking in and checking out and patients rights and responsibilities.


Healia is a search engine in beta format designed to locate consumer health information. This specialized tool offers some unique features including filters to limit by age, gender, heritage, or reading ability. The National Cancer Institute provided funding to develop the search engine technology which attempts to rank results based both on relevancy and quality of content.

Health Grades Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Search for physicians, dentists, naturopathic physicians, acupuncturists, hospitals, emergency services, birth centers, mammography facilities, assisted living facilities by name, city/state/zip. Includes addresses, brief profile information and driving directions. Also includes “hospital report cards” on various cardiovascular, neurologic, orthopedic, and pulmonary procedures and diagnoses, as well as report cards for nursing homes, hospices, fertility clinics, and home health agencies based on explicitly stated methodologic criteria.

Health Guide A-Z: Medical Tests

Information about medical tests designed for health consumers and patients. Normal lab values are presented along with information about how to prepare for tests and results interpretation.

Health News Review Available only from within the Health Sciences Library.

A multidisciplinary team of doctors, journalists and health researchers reviews health reports from major newspapers and television outlets. A star rating is assigned based on 10 criteria from the Health News Review’s standardized ratings system. From the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. Search by Keyword, date, or media outlet.

Healthcare Blue Book

Also Known as: healthcare blue book; health care bluebook; health care bluebook;
Compare prices for medical procedures, tests, hearing aids, and other health care services. Includes an option to enter your ZIP code to compare prices for nearby doctors & hospitals.

Connects health consumers and patients with information on quality, affordable health insurance options in their community.


A gateway consumer health information web site from the United States government that leads to selected online publications, databases, web sites,and support groups, as well as government agencies.


Also Known as: RHIN ; Refugee Health Information Network ; health reach
Health information and services for both refugees and health providers. Information is available in 70 languages. Formerly part of the Refugee Health Information Network website; now hosted by the National Library of Medicine.

Hitting the Headlines Archive

Examines the research evidence behind medical newspaper stories. Commissioned by the British National Health Service National Electronic Library for Health. Prepared by the University of York Centre for Reviews and Dissemination. Learn more

Hospital Compare

Compare how hospitals measure up to one another in their treatment of patients with heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia based on selected benchmarks. From the Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Hospital Quality Alliance.

How to Order National Institutes of Health Publications In Non-English Languages

Shows which consumer health publications from NIH are available in translation. Most are in Spanish; a few have Asian language translations available.

Intelihealth- Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Intelihealth-Drug Resource Center Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Search for drug information produced by Johns Hopkins and the USPDI Advice for the Patient. Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Contains articles, information, and numerous message board on a variety of health-related topics. You may read message boards freely, but you must register to post to message boards.

Life Choices: Understanding the importance of planning now for your needs at the end of life

Missouri Attorney General’s Office and the Missouri End of Life Coalition partnered to create this 36-page booklet providing information for Missouri consumers about health care decisions and issues regarding the end of life.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Self described as, “Europe’s leading cancer information service, with over 4,500 pages of up-to-date cancer information…” This charitable UK organization founded by physician and cancer patient, Dr. Vicky Clement-Jones, has been providing cancer information to cancer patients and their families since 1985. Search for information by cancer type, therapy, or over 1000 Frequently Asked Questions about cancer. All text is reviewed regularly and approved by CancerBACUP’s medical editor, a medical oncologist.

Mayo Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

A health information portal for health consumers. Information includes first aid guide, drug information, conditions A-Z and health decision guides.

Medicare Nursing Homes Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

A free database of Medicaid and Medicare nursing homes.

Medicare Participating Physician Directory Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

A free database of physicians that accept Medicare patients.

MedMaster Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Based on ASHP’s Medication Teaching Manual: The Guide to Patient Drug Information.

Medterms Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Definitions of medical terms written in lay language from the physicians who wrote Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary.

MLA Top Health Websites

This list of 100 health websites have been reviewed for quality by members of the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the Medical Library Association.

MoRx Price Compare

Also Known as: missouri rx price compare ; mo drug prices compare ;
Type in up to six drugs at a time, choose a Missouri county or ZIP code, and compare prices at nearby pharmacies. The prices, derived from retail prices reported by the pharmacies and from Medicaid claims, reflect what an uninsured customer with no discount or supplementary insurance would normally pay.

MU Healthcare Performance Measures

Also Known as: Mu health quality of care ; muhealth quality ; mu health care quality
See how MU Health Care compares to other hospitals in Missouri and nationwide on quality metrics in cardiovascular, pneumonia, surgical, emergency, and preventive care; hospital acquired infections, and use of imaging technologies. From the MU Health Care Quality of Care website.

National Council Against Health Fraud

A non-profit, tax-exempt, voluntary health agency committed to providing information on health fraud, misinformation and quackery. Contains a library of publications on questionable health-related topics.

Natural Health Encyclopedia (via Personal Health Zone)

The TNP Natural Health Encyclopedia contains extensive science-based information on health conditions, their natural remedies, and drug interactions.

Netwellness Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

Produced as a cooperative effort of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio State and Case Western Reserve, this site is the premier non-profit health question and answer site on the web.

NSW Multicultural Health Information Service

Patient and health information handouts in about 60 languages, including Arabic, Maori, Tongan, Urdu, and many more. From New South Wales, Australia.


Cancer information resources of interest to health professionals and patients.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Restricted to faculty, students, and staff at The University of Missouri

A list of pharmaceutical companies which provide free or discounted drugs to needy patients. From the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association.

Patient Education Materials Database

Also Known as: PEIMM ; patient education index
The site is intended for use by physicians and patients of University of Missouri Health Care as a source of patient education materials and information resources.

Patient UK

Consumer health information from Great Britain. The site contains almost 700 leaflets on health and disease. Other notable features include information about medicine, tests, and more in depth articles written for health professionals

Pill Identifier from

Identify prescription and OTC drugs by shape, color and/or text imprint. The content comes from Micromedex and the Physician’s Desk Reference. is funded through advertising support.

Pillbox – Prototype Pill Identification System

Identify a pill by color, shape, size, score or ingredients in a visual database. Brought to you and funded by a joint effort of National Libraries of Medicine (NLM) and the FDA. Drug information on every pill links to NLM’s Drug Information Portal, Drug Label data links to DailyMed.

Polyglot 3.0

Polyglot 3.0 is a “Multimedia Medical Spanish & English Translator” brought to you by the North Carolina Area Health Education Center in cooperation with Topsail Technologies, Inc. Arranged in practical categories, this tool offers phrases in English & Spanish useful for medical & law enforcement personnel. Also includes audio translations.

Self Care Flowcharts

These flowcharts from the American Academy of Family Physicians guide patients and healthcare consumers through common medical problems such as headache, fever, nausea etc.

Solucient Top Hospitals Available only from within the Health Sciences Library.

Studies by this group rank hospitals according to topical area such as cardiovascular, stroke or orthopaedic service. The unranked lists are free online and are available in complete form in the periodical Modern HealthCare or with a fee on the site.

Undiagnosed Diseases Program

A clinical research venture from several NIH institutes designed advance research and provide answers to patients with longstanding medical conditions that have eluded diagnosis.

VIPPS-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy developed VIPPS in 1999 in response to public concern about the safety of pharmacy practices on the Internet. The public is welcome to search for a VIPPS Internet pharmacy that matches their needs.

Virtual Pediatric Hospital, University of Iowa

A collection of textbooks and images for pediatricians and their patients. Especially strong in radiology and imaging. Formerly part of the Virtual Hospital.


Features include a medical library with A-Z list of diseases and conditions, medical tests and more.

Your Guide to Choosing Quality Health Care

A guide to choosing a physician, hospital and other health care services is provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

eBooks / Books

eBooks / Books for Consumer Health

The Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition

Based upon the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, this guide is written for consumers and patients.

Tips for finding books
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