According to the Pew Research Center, 72% of internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year. As a health consumer, chances are, you've searched for health information online too and likely retrieved an overwhelming number of results. To help you find good health information online, the Medical Library Association (MLA) has created a User Guide:
The Consumer and Patient Health Information Section of the MLA continually evaluates online health information and has compiled a recommended list of sources:
You will also find recommended health websites as evaluated by MCC Librarians - see below!
American Public Health Association - Information on personal and environmental health, federal and state funding for health programs, pollution control, programs and policies related to chronic and infectious diseases, a smoke-free society, and professional education in public health
CDC FASTSTATS - The Faststats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - The lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people, providing credible information to enhance health decisions, and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities.
Healthy People 2020 - Statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.
Medlineplus - Information on over 700 health topics written at a layperson's level; medical dictionary; drug information
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) - Research and health information on diseases of the kidneys and digestive system.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Website of National Institutes of Health. Information on health topics, grants, research.
Nutrition.gov - This portal offers government information on diet and nutrition and the ways these relate to specific diseases, physical activity, food safety, and dietary needs of special groups. Also included are statistical data, fact sheets, links to other U.S. government sites.
Office of Disease Prevention & Health Promotion (ODPHP) - Government agency that leads efforts to improve the health of all Americans.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) - Government agency devoted to enhancing the health and well-being of America.
Surgeon General - Website of the Nation’s Doctor, the Surgeon General provides Americans with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.
President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports - Government website promoting the benefits of an active lifestyle. Some full text fact sheets and other information is available.