WEBTREATS: Consumer Health

This list, prepared by the College Resource Center Librarians from other sources, is provided for information only.  Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities.   Further, the College does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site.  Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning.   mash/jer 7/19/17

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – Patients and Consumers
AHRQ’s website for patients includes information for consumers on care planning, diagnosis and treatment, preventive care, patient safety, and questions to ask your doctor.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
ACOG Patient Education Pamphlets are available fulltext in the member section, and FAQs for patients and a “find an ob-gyn” tool are available on the For Patients page.

Annual Women’s Health Care
This website has information on annual exams for women, including needed screening tests, evaluations, counseling, and immunizations based on age and risk factors, and includes links to College guidelines.

Immunization for Women
This College website has information on vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccine safety, immunization schedules, and immunization for adults and adolescents.

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA)
ASHA’s website has information on sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases, including resource center websites on herpes and HPV and cervical cancer.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) - ReproductiveFacts.org
This is ASRM’s website for patients and consumers. The website includes news on reproductive health and information on topics such as fertility and having children, protecting your fertility, men’s and women’s health, and other issues.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the nation’s public health agency. The website includes CDC publications and information on diseases and conditions, vaccines and immunizations, environmental health, travelers’ health, workplace health, and more.

Choosing Wisely
This is an initiative by medical societies that encourages physicians, patients, and others to talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary. The website includes lists by each society of Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question to help make decisions about appropriate care.

This website provides information for consumers on medication safety. It includes drug alerts, a newsletter, articles, and information on reporting medication errors.

This website from the American Academy of Family Physicians has information for consumers on a variety of health topics, including women’s health, diseases and conditions, guides to medications and more.

Go Ask Alice!
This website from Columbia University is an interactive question and answer service with information on many women's health topics, including sexual health, relationships, general health, and more.

This website provides information for consumers on obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, including how to apply for coverage, health insurance essentials, and information for specific groups.

Healthfinder is the consumer health information gateway from the federal government with information on over 1,600 health topics, news, personal health tools, and a searchable database of health-related services.

This is a nonprofit, national clearinghouse for women’s health information. The website has information on specific diseases and conditions, healthy living, pregnancy, and midlife and menopause.

Lab Tests Online
This website from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry is designed to help patients understand clinical laboratory tests. Users can browse tests by test name or by condition.

The National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus website includes a medical encyclopedia, physician and hospital directories, and information on medical conditions, diseases, wellness, and drugs and supplements.

MedlinePlus: Women’s Health Checkup
This MedlinePlus website has information on the women’s health exam, including the Pap test, pelvic exam, breast exam, and more.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Health Information
Users can search health topics or browse by category. There are also links to information from other government agencies.

Self-Help Group Sourcebook OnLine
This is the online version of the Self-Help Group Sourcebook.  The site provides contact information to hundreds of support groups dealing with women’s health, pregnancy, and many other health topics.

Sex & U
Administered by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, this site has information for teens, parents/teachers, adults, and health professionals on sex, contraception, and STDs.

Surgeon General’s Office
The Surgeon General provides information available on how to improve health and reduce the risk of illness and injury. The website includes the full text of reports and information on initiatives on tobacco, walking, family health history, breastfeeding, and more.

Take the Floor: Voices for PFD
This consumer website from the American Urogynecologic Society has information on pelvic floor dysfunction, including prolapse and incontinence. There is also information on prevention and treatment options.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: For Women
The FDA’s women’s health site includes information on a variety of women’s health topics, as well as information on drugs and medical devices.

This is the federal government source for women’s health information. It includes information on heart health, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and many other women’s health topics.



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