Be An Informed Patient
Health and Medical Field
The web is awash with medical information. A lot of it is highly technical and not very accessible to the average reader, and even more of it is of questionable quality as it subtly, or not so subtly, pushes you to purchase specific medications or treatments.
WebMD is a no-nonsense alternative that delivers basic medical information. The site is primarily an encyclopedic reference organized into a variety of broad topics. The site has a community component, with message forums for people to help each other with ailments and treatments. There are also a number of niche blogs written by doctors.
The web site of the World Health Organization (WHO) provides country statistics and general health information.
MedlinePlus is a web site sponsored by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Information on this site includes Medical Encyclopedia, Health and Medical News, Resources and more.
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine web site includes "health information on the web" for both professionals and the public.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web site.
Joint Commission International (JCI) is a division of Joint Commission Resources (JCR), the subsidiary of The Joint Commission. For more than 50 years, the Joint Commission and its predecessor organization have been dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health care services. Today the largest accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, the Joint Commission surveys nearly 20,000 health care programs through a voluntary accreditation process. The Joint Commission and its subsidiary are both not-for-profit corporations.
Over 150,000 NHS patients in the United Kingdom (2012) wait over 18 weeks for surgery. Canadians are being forced to wait almost 4 ½ months, on average,
UK medical directory.
NHSpurchasing is, according to the web site, THE online directory of the National Health Service (United Kingdom) with 4 million hits on average per week. Providing information on healthcare procurement and business links to a huge range of medical products, training and hospital care services.
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