Consumer Health Information Source Book

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CHAPTER 2

The Best Sources of Consumer Health Information
This chapter lists 151 outstanding consumer health information resources that are highly valuable and useful to consumers. Most consumer/patient information requests can be answered by utilizing these select sources. Included are the best books, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, information clearinghouses, fax-based information services, online and CD-ROM databases, personal health software, Web sites, supportive professional books and journals, and televised health pro gramming. Resources were judged with respect to a number of criteria—authority, credibility, comprehensiveness, understandability, ease of use, quality of illustrations and diagrams, and usefulness in both enhancing the patient-doctor relationship and personal health decision making. The resources in this chapter are reviewed or listed elsewhere in this book; the applicable chapter is indicated below.The best:
• consumer health books—49 (Chapter 8)
• home medical guides—7 (Chapter 8)
• drug information source—1 (Chapter 8)
• consumer health magazines—7 (Chapter 4)
• consumer health newsletters—10 (Chapter 4)
• new magazine startup—1 (Chapter 4)
• periodic overview reports—3 (Chapter 4)
• pamphlet series—21 (Chapter 9)
• health information clearinghouses and information centers—6 (Chapter 3)
• fax-based consumer health information services—4 (Chapter 5)
• online consumer health information databases—3 (Chapter 5)
• CD-ROM and disk databases—2 (Chapter 5)
• personal health software—2 (Chapter 5)
• consumer health Web sites—21 (Chapter 6)
• professional books—4 (Chapter 7)
• professional journals for consumers—3 (Chapter 7)
• television health coverage—3
• television-associated health Web sites—3

BEST CONSUMER HEALTH BOOKS

Outstanding***
*** American Cancer Society. A Breast Cancer Journey: Your Personal Guide Book. American Cancer Society, 2001.
*** Bartlett, John G., and Ann Finkbeiner. The Guide to Living with HIV Infection: Developed at the Johns Hopkins AIDS Clinic. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.
*** Brint, Stephen F., and others. The Laser Vision Breakthrough: Everything You Need to Consider before Making the Decision. Prima, 2000.
*** Fries, James F. Living Well: Taking Care of Your Health in Middle and Later Years. Perseus, 2001.

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