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Research Wisely

Thousands of websites offer information on health care and healthy living. But be careful – although many sites offer credible information, regulation of websites is practically non-existent. The following are resources from well-established medical organizations, government agencies and consumer groups.

Government Health Agencies
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality > the lead federal agency charged with improving the quality, safety, efficiency and effectiveness of health care for all Americans
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention > works to protect public health and safety by providing information to enhance health decisions
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services > the federal agency which administers Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program
National Institutes of Health > the nation’s medical research agency that makes important discoveries to improve health and save lives and is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world
National Safety Council > saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services > the federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services
U.S. Food and Drug Administration > responsible for protecting the public’s health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics and products that emit radiation
U.S. National Library of Medicine > the world's largest medical library that collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care

General Health Resources
American College of Surgeons Patient Education > works to improve the quality of patient care and promote patient safety through educational efforts that recognize patients as integral members of the surgical team
Healthcare 360 > a television program about health care quality developed through a collaboration between the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and George Mason University
Institute of Medicine > provides information and advice concerning health and science policy
Mayo Clinic > clinical experts who provide current medical information and news on health topics
MedlinePlus > the National Institutes of Health's patient-friendly website which has information about diseases, conditions and wellness issues
Prepared Patient > has resources to help patients find good care and get the most out of it
Web MD > provides valuable health information, tools for managing one’s health and support to those who seek information

Consumer Groups
AARP > leads positive social change and delivers value to people age 50 and over through information, advocacy and service
Center for Science in the Public Interest > advocates for nutrition and health, food safety, alcohol policy and sound science
Consumers Union > an independent, non-profit testing and information organization serving only consumers; publishers of Consumer Reports
Families USA > educates and mobilizes consumers on health care issues
National Council on the Aging > national voice for older adults, especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged, and the community organizations that serve them
National Partnership for Women & Families > promotes fairness in the workplace, quality health care and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family


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