Web Sites & References for Finding Health Information on the Internet RCSI Mini Med School,
November 28th, 2012
Name of Resource
Directories (HSE)
NHS Choices (UK)
Health EU (European Commission)
MedlinePlus (USA National Library of Medicine) (USA Dept of Health & Human
National Institutes of Health – Your Health (USA)
Irish Cancer Society
MacMillan Cancerbackup (UK)
National Cancer Institute (USA)
OncoLink (USA) U of Pennsylvania
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)
National Centre for CAM (USA)
Drug Information
Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Assoc.
Irish Medicines
EudraPharm (EU)
Health Services
Citizens Information
Medical Tests
Lab Tests Online (UK & Ireland)
Mental Health (Ireland)
Disabilities (Ireland)
Rare disorders (Europe)
National Organisation for Rare Disorders (NORD) USA
Research Resources
Cochrane Databases (UK)
Evidence in Health & Social Care (UK)
PubMed Health (USA)
PubMed (USA)
Open Access Journals & Repositories
European PubMed Central (journal articles)
US PubMed Central (journal articles)
LENUS (HSE Irish health repository)
RCSI repository
RIAN (Irish university repositories)
The Health Well (All Ireland)
Book Prescription Scheme
Healthy Reading
Understanding Google Search
Google Inside Search
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Web Sites & References for Finding Health Information on the Internet RCSI Mini Med School,
November 28th, 2012
Consumer Health Information Definition
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