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Help: How to Use Health Online

How to Use Health On-Line

To help you determine if a resource is useful for your targeted patient or patient group, each one is annotated with an abstract and index terms. Search fields include:

  • Specific and General Subject Index Terms
  • Title and Abstract
  • Target Audience
  • Format of Resource (e.g. flyer, brochure, pamphlet, book, audio video, etc.)
  • Reading Level
  • Department Location
  • Author and Publisher
  • Language

Help: To obtain help tips throughout the Web site, click on the button.

Four ways to search the database

Quick Search: This broad search option allows you to search on a single word or topic within the title, abstract, or list of specific keywords and general subject terms. Only materials that are available to be printed will be listed in your search results.

General Topic Search: Search through one of the general topic/subject terms. Each resource is indexed using up to three general topic categories. Only materials that are available to be printed will be listed in your search results.

Advanced Search: This search option allows you to use the linking words "AND" and "OR" between search terms to create a query that joins terms that include one or all of these: Title, author, abstract, publisher, specific subject, general topic, call number, date published, resource location, language, format and/or audience. Advanced Search will also provide you the option to include citations for Non UWMC-authored handouts. Since these handouts are not available to be printed out, you will be given information about how to order single photocopies from PFES when selecting “Full Record” on the search results page.

Specific Subject Search (located on the Advanced Search page): This specific subject search utilizes a scrolling list of alphabetically arranged index terms to yield specific search results. Descriptive subject terms are assigned to each listing in the database, so you can identify all patient teaching resources available on a specific disease.

Viewing and Printing

Handouts can be viewed and printed at most workstations where there is access to UW Intranet (please check with your computer support person for information on Thin Client terminal capabilities). Double click the blue language button of your choice on the Search Results screen to load the document on your screen. This will open your Adobe Reader program. (If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, on-screen instructions will direct you to the Adobe Web page for a free download. Also, please see the instructions below.) With the document loaded on your screen, you can read it or print it at your workstation. You may print as many or as few of the pages as desired, using the file/print command.


Adobe Acrobat Reader is a free program from Adobe Systems Inc. that is used to view handouts. This is a two-phase process: (1) download the program from the Web site to your computer and then (2) install this program on your computer. Follow the instructions below.

  1. Print these instructions for your later use, then follow the instructions below.
  2. Click on
  3. Follow the 1-2-3 step instructions on the screen.
  4. When asked where to save the document, select or create a directory on your hard drive (you can create a new directory from the "Save As" box that will appear on the screen).
  5. Proceed with the download as prompted.
  6. When complete, go to your Windows Explorer (locate it on the Start/Program menu, usually near the bottom of the list).
  7. Locate the directory into which you downloaded the Adobe Acrobat Reader program. Note: Click on the "plus" boxes in front of the directory names or double click the directories until you can locate the program file named ar60eng.exe.
  8. Double click on this file. This will activate the program and it will install on your computer. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process.
  9. Return to Health Online and select a blue menu button as desired. The Adobe Reader will automatically open to allow viewing and printing.

The health education materials accessed through this site are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other health care provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition.
If you think you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately.