The Best Sources of Consumer Health InformationT
his 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
*** 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.