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Web Sources for Patient Education Handouts

English Language Sites

Fast Track Resources

For the busy provider, these links provide quick, easy in/easy out subject access to patient education handouts.

American Academy of Dermatology
Illustrated, clearly written pamphlets for patient information on many dermatology topics.

American Academy of Family Physicians/familydoctor.org
Two hundred patient education handouts selected and approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

MedicineNet - Diseases and Conditions
A commercial site with an extensive section of patient education handouts written by physicians on diseases and treatments, written in a simple question and answer format. 

MedlinePlus
A source on statistics and some overviews of specific conditions. Site is fully translated into Spanish.

National Cancer Institute
Use this site to find detailed information for patients on specific cancer topics.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute - Diseases and Conditions
Provides quick picks for heart and lung disease and condition information. Some topics also feature audio podcasts.

National Institute of Mental Health - Publications
Includes information regarding mental health topics. Publications include fact sheets, easy-to-read publications, and booklets in English and Spanish.

Orthogate - Patient Education
A vast collection of patient oriented orthopaedic web links and hand-outs from Orthogate.

Virtual Hospital--Information for Patients
Extensive collection of patient education materials from the University of Iowa.

Low-Literacy Handouts in English

MedlinePlus - Easy-to-Read
Lists MedlinePlus health topics that are in easy-to-read form.

National Diabetes Information Clearing House - Easy-to-Read Publications
A set of easy-to-read documents about diabetes in English and Spanish.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House - Easy-to-Read Publications
A set of easy-to-read documents about digestive diseases in English and Spanish.

National Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse - Easy-to-Read Publications
A set of easy-to-read documents about kidney and urologic diseases in English and Spanish.

OHSU/Hood River Community Health Outreach Project: Pamphlets in Spanish/English Produced by Project Participants
Low-literacy pamphlets in Spanish and English produced by project participants.

Other English Language Sites of Interest

Healthfinder
A web site from the United States government including links to online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, support and self-help groups, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

McKinley Health Center Health Information
Over 300 patient education handouts prepared by the professional staff of this student health service at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Some are getting dated, but useful for topics that do not change frequently.

The Ohio State University Medical Center
A large collection of illustrated pamphlets including large print items.

The Self-Help Sourcebook Online
A searchable database that includes information on approximately 700+ national and demonstration model self-help support groups, ideas for starting groups, and opportunities to link with others to develop needed new national or international groups.

Non English Sites

Spanish Sites in English

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research / Clinical Guidelines
Consumer versions of clinical practice guidelines.

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Fact sheets on mental health topics for families of children and adolescents.

American Academy of Family Physicians/familydoctor.org
An extensive collection of handouts selected and approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Use the link in the top right to change between English and Spanish.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
This page provides an index of topics in Spanish.

Mi Pediatria
A pediatric site from Mexico which includes a substantial section of handouts on themes of interest to parents on development, congenital and chronic illnesses, a newsletter written by specialists from a children's hospital, links to other sources of information in Spanish and English. The site includes a search engine, and an "ask an expert" section.

National Cancer Institute CancerNet
Patient versions of cancer information and treatment sheets on specific types of cancer.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Bilingual booklets on cardiovascular risk factors and prevention.

NOAH (New York Online Access to Health)
Bilingual site to health information with search engine, browsing access, and links to additional sources of Spanish materials.

Office of Minority Health
Features a health topics section. Site fully translatable between English and Spanish.

Planned Parenthood En Español
Provides information about sexual and reproductive health.

San Jose PlaneTree Library/En Español
Links to full-text electronic resources on many health subjects.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration publications
Selected online fact sheets on diet, stroke, menstruation and other topics, as well as information on ordering additional Spanish materials.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control: Health Topics
An extensive collection of brochures and articles with graphics.

Low-Literacy Handouts in Spanish

MedlinePlus - Easy-to-Read
Lists Spanish language MedlinePlus health topics that are in easy-to-read form.

National Center for Farmworker Health, Bilingual Patient Education Materials
A selection of well-illustrated low literacy, education materials in English and Spanish developed by this national center. These materials may be printed and used free of charge.

National Diabetes Information Clearing House - Easy-to-Read Publications
A set of easy-to-read documents about diabetes in English and Spanish.

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House - Easy-to-Read Publications
A set of easy-to-read documents about digestive diseases in English and Spanish.

National Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse - Easy-to-Read Publications
A set of easy-to-read documents about kidney and urologic diseases in English and Spanish.

OHSU/Hood River Community Health Outreach Project: Pamphlets in Spanish/English Produced by Project Participants
Low-literacy pamphlets in Spanish and English produced by project participants.

Texas Medication Algorithm Project - Patient Education Material 
Simply written handouts with illustrations and PET scan graphics, conveying information on depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

Other Non English Language Sites

Ethnomed
Contains medical and cultural information on a variety of ethnic groups in order to assist providers in bridging language and cultural barriers during medical visits. It is designed to be used quickly by providers before seeing a patient. Patient education materials section (in languages other than English) is small but developing.

Healthy Roads Media
Funded by the National Library of Medicine, this site provides health information in several languages, including Russian, Somali, Bosnian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Refugee Health Information Network
Site provides multilingual health information for patients and their providers.

Transcultural and Multicultural Health Links
An annotated, selected list of references to diversity specific links to health information for patients and providers.

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