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World Wide Web Resources on Patient Education

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There are hundreds of patient education and consumer health Web sites. Below are selected sites to help you locate credible material vendors on the Internet to support your patient teaching. Before using any material for patient teaching, please critically review them for accuracy, cultural appropriateness, and readability. UWMC’s Patient Education Material Evaluation Form is available from the Patient and Family Education Services office for a quick and efficient review.

Guidelines for Evaluating Health Information on the Web are also available.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHCPR)
This site contains consumer information on specific health conditions, prevention and wellness, surgery, prescriptions, heath plans, and other health care issues. From main page, click on "Consumers and Patients." 301-427-1364.

American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
There is a wealth of dermatology-related patient education information on this site, as well as information for health care professionals. Text is supplied from pamphlets divided into these topic areas: Skin Reactions, Cosmetic Surgery, Sun Protection, Viral Diseases, Common Dermatologic Conditions, and General Information. Spanish translations to a limited number of pamphlets may also be accessed. 1-888-462-3376.

American Cancer Society (ACS)
This site provides information on prevention (including diet, smoking, exercise, alcohol, environment/occupation, and hormones), risk factors, and treatment options. Text is supplied from pamphlets written for Patients, Family and Friends; Survivors; Health Information Seekers; and Professionals. There is also a directory of resources, including books and organizations. 1-800-227-2345.

American Diabetes Association (ADD)

This site has basic information on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, healthy living tips, current news stories, as well as resources for health care professionals. You can also search by state for local diabetes foundations, research, and resources. The Washington state affiliate’s page has information on family retreats, local support groups, camps, and informational sessions. 1-800-342-2383.

American Heart Association (AHA)

The AHA site provides access to nearly 300 subjects, including information on children, nutrition, exercise, and support groups. In addition to the online educational materials, there is a listing of books, brochures, videos, and cookbooks available for purchase from the AHA. 1-214-706-1220, or call 1-800-242-8721 for local chapter.

American Lung Association (ALA)
This site contains patient education materials on asthma, lung health and disease, tobacco control, and air quality. There are links to local ALA chapters, other Web sites with related topics, as well as information about ALA programs and events. 1-800-586-4872.

American Social Health Association (ASHA)
The ASHA site provides a sexual health glossary, and facts and answers about STDs. The online catalog previews numerous books and other publications with may be ordered by fax, phone, or mail. 1-800-227-8922.

Arthritis Foundation
This is a very comprehensive site. Treatment options and definitions for the more than 100 kinds of arthritis are accessed under "Conditions and Treatments." Also included are tips for living with arthritis, information about exercise, a glossary of medical practitioners, and guides to lab tests and surgery. Topics under "Resources" include drugs and supplements, diet and nutrition, alternative therapies, and a guide to sports injury prevention. Free informational brochures may be ordered online, as well as many educational books and tapes. 1-800-283-7800. offers oncology drug databases at three levels: Physician, Nursing, and Patient. Patient education materials are available for members (membership is free). Full texts of recent oncology articles are also included on the site.

Center for Disease Control Prevention Intervention Network
This site contains material on many aspects of AIDS and HIV, and spotlights current developments in prevention, education, and the spread of the disease. There are hundreds of items available to order from CDC and many other organizations. 1-800-458-5231.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC offers this site for information on health and safety topics such as birth defects, disabilities, diseases, emergency preparedness, vaccines, and workplace safety. Under each topic are numerous subcategories that lead to online education materials. Current guidelines, publications and products, and top news stories are also highlighted. 1-800-311-3435.

The EthnoMed site provides information about cultural beliefs and medical issues pertinent to the health care of recent immigrants to Seattle or to the U.S. The cultural profile of each ethnic group covers cultural topics, symptoms, health and illness, and patient education materials, as well as further reading and links to other Web sources. Online patient education materials are available in a variety of different languages.

Gaining and Growing: Assuring Nutritional Care of Preterm Infants
This site is designed to provide information to community health professionals who work with premature infants, especially those with very low birthweight (<1500 g) in hopes that assuring adequate nutritional status will improve outcomes and family life for these children. Topics include: Nutrition Assessment, Nourishing the Very Low Birth Weight Infant After Discharge, Feeding the Very Low Birth Weight Infant at Home, What Parents Say About Feeding Preterm Infants

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.