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Consumer Health Information Collection (CHIC)

Consumer Health Information Collection (CHIC)

The Consumer Health Information Collection (CHIC) assists the public with medical research and health & wellness materials by providing information from reliable sources. Patrons are invited to use the Musser Public Library CHIC collection which consists of books, videos, and online databases related to health topics. These print and DVD materials are located in our nonfiction section and are easily identifiable by the blue and white label on the spine.

For a complete list of all the materials included in this collection please view this PDF.

The materials in this collection were provided through a generous grant from the Muscatine Health Support Foundation.

Please be aware, we do not provide medical advice, nor are the materials we provide a substitute for a professional medical opinion.

Health Websites

General 

MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus is for anyone with a medical question. Receive accurate, current medical information in English or Spanish. Links to 7 medical dictionaries/glossaries, 3 lists of medical dictionaries, more than 30 clearinghouses, 50+ associations, more than 25 databases and over 25 Consumer Health Libraries.
www.medlineplus.gov

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides credible information to enhance health decisions and promotes health through strong partnerships with state health departments and other organizations.
www.cdc.gov

National Institute of Health (NIH)
NIH is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Includes 27 government institutes and links including AIDS and Women’s Health.
www.nih.gov

HealthFinder
Healthfinder is an award-winning federal website for consumers. It is a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information; links to carefully selected information and websites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.
www.healthfinder.gov

Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
NCCAM is the lead federal agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).
www.nccam.nih.gov

Cancer Resources

National Cancer Institute
Links to cancer information, in English and Spanish. Includes clinical trials database; treatment, screening, prevention, and supportive care information summaries; statistics; CANCERLIT literature database; information on research programs and funding.
www.cancer.gov 

American Cancer Society
Information for patients and families on diagnosis and treatment, cancer prevention, alternative treatments, links to other cancer resources. Spanish and Asian language publications are available. Links to resources and ACS activities in your local community.
www.cancer.org

Heart Disease & Stroke

American Heart Association
Heart disease and stroke treatment and recovery, risk assessment, prevention, exercise, nutrition, and the “Heart and Stroke A-Z Guide.”
www.americanheart.org

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Information on heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity, exercise, and cholesterol. Some publications available in Spanish. Information for African-Americans.
http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/

Diabetes

American Diabetes Association
Basic diabetes information plus advice on nutrition, weight loss and exercise; legal resources & community programs.
www.diabetes.org

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
A-Z list of diabetes topics and titles.
www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov

Drugs, Prescriptions, OTC

Drugs, Herbs & Supplements
Learn about your prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines from MedlinePlus. Includes side effects, dosage, special precautions, and more.
https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html

Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR)
PDR’s full list of drug information and comparison charts.
http://www.pdr.net/browse-by-drug-name

Nutrition Resources

American Dietetic Association
Healthy lifestyle and nutrition tips.
www.eatright.org

USDA Food Guide Website
A research-based food guidance system—it goes beyond the ‘basic four food groups
http://www.choosemyplate.gov/

Spanish and Foreign Language

Institutos Nacionales de la Salud
Consumer information from the National Library of Medicine.
www.salud.nih.gov

 

FAQs

Where can you learn about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

Where can you find good basic health information online?

What did your doctor just say?!?

  • MLA created “Deciphering Medspeak” to help people understand the specialized language of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals.

Where can you get help from a medical librarian?

Health sciences librarians work in medical schools, hospitals, and other specialized health settings, and provide critical health information to doctors, nurses, and allied health personnel. Many health sciences librarians and libraries also provide consumer health information to patients, their families, and the general public.

  • Health Library Directory from MedlinePlus, a service of the US National Library of Medicine. This searchable listing can help you find health information close to home.

Where can you find out about your local hospital?

  • Hospital Compare: This government website can help you compare the quality of care at more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals. The site also includes a downloadable brochure “Guide to Choosing a Hospital.” PDF download
  • How safe is your local hospital? From the Leapfrog Group, a consortium of major companies and other large private and public healthcare purchasers that provide health benefits to more than 37 million Americans in all 50 states, this site “grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.” Not all hospitals are listed, as this is a voluntary program.
  • Is Your Hospital Joint Commission-Accredited? The Joint Commission has made the Quality Check website available so you can see whether your hospital is accredited.
  • “Patient Care Partnership”: This plain-language brochure tells you about your rights and responsibilities during a hospital stay; available in multiple languages.

Where can you find special resources for older adults?

  • NIHSeniorhealth.gov: Special resources and accessibility to health information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health
  • Health in Aging: Created by the American Geriatrics Society Foundation, the site offers up-to-date information for consumers on health and aging.

Where else can you find health information?

  • Healthcare 411: The US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Healthcare 411 audio news source provides practical health care information, research findings, and data to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policy makers make informed decisions about health care issues.
  • Centers for Disease Control: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is the main federal agency for public health activities in the US. The website provides resources on health and safety topics, including diseases and conditions, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, workplace safety and health, and more.
  • Understanding Your Medical Record: Resources on how to access and understand your medical record, from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).
  • ClinicalTrials.gov provides comprehensive information about all types of clinical research studies. The site has more than 151,000 studies sponsored by the US government, the pharmaceutical industry, and academic and international organizations, in all 50 states and 184 countries.
  • Tox Town® points out many harmful substances and environmental hazards, not only in a town but in a port, a big city, a farm, and the US-Mexico border area.
  • ToxMystery is an interactive website for children ages 7–10 that teaches users about potential chemical hazards in a home. There is also a Spanish-language version (click on “español”) of this lively interface.
  • FreeMD.com is a free service, created by doctors, that can help you make important health decisions. Use the “symptom checker,” then listen to the “virtual doctor,” who will conduct an interview, analyze the symptoms, and provides expert advice.
  • US Surgeon General’s Family Health History Initiative: Tracing the illnesses suffered by your parents, grandparents, and other blood relatives can help your doctor predict the disorders to which you may be at risk and take action to keep you and your family healthy. Use the “My Family Health Portrait” tool and create a family tree of health issues to discuss with your doctor.

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