SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR HEALTH INFORMATION

Health on the Net - The Health on the Net Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to 'realising the benefits of the Internet and related technologies in the fields of health care'

Medical Matrix - One of the more established medical search services, the Medical Matrix Project is 'dedicated to posting, annotating and continuously updating full content, unrestricted access, Internet clinical medicine resources'

Organised Medical Networked Information - Describes itself as the UKs gateway to high quality biomedical resources on the Internet', OMNI is another key resource for health professionals.

Cliniweb - Developed by Oregon Health Sciences Library, Cliniweb is another powerful tool for identifying high-quality clinical information on the Web.

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CURRENT AWARENESS SERVICES ON THE INTERNET

Personalised electronic newspapers:

Newstracker - Searches the Web for articles several times each day, collecting articles which match the search criteria you have defined from over 300 Web-based newspapers and magazines. Periodicals scanned include the New England Journal of Medicine and the New Scientist.

Newspage - Similar to Newstracker, Newspage has a more health-oriented focus. Of the 600 information sources scanned daily, around 85 focus on health.

General Health News

Reuters Health - A daily digest of health stories from around the world.

Medscape - The Medscape newsletterMedpulse tends to focus on key articles which have been published within the past week

Doctor's Guide - Concentrates more on health stories that have made the news

CDPC - The Communicable Disease and Prevention Control alerting service. Provides summaries of infectious and communicable disease reports that are relevant for the prevention and control of these diseases.

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New Research Findings

UnCoverWeb - A database of more than 7 million articles, drawn from nearly 17,000 English language journals; about 2500 are medical.

WebMedLit - This is your one-stop shop to 23 quality medical journals including BMJ. JAMA, Nature Medicineand the Archivesseries of the American Medical Association.

BioMedNet - The Internet Community for Biological and Medical Researchers. An essential guide to the 'best' biological and medical sites on the web, this site contains an evaluated and annotated database of more than 4000 web resources for researchers.

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MEDICAL DATABASES ON THE INTERNET

Karolinska Institute Library Enormous database of disease specific information and links. Highly recommended.

MEDLINE - Undoubtedly the world's premier biomedical database. Currently contains about 9 million bibliographic citations drawn from around 3800 biomedical journals. Free access to Medline, via the Internet is offered by a number of Web sites. A list of free MEDLINE sites can be found by clicking here

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - (CDSR) Probably the best single source of reliable evidence about the effects of healthcare. Concentrating on the results of controlled trials the reviews are highly structured and systematic.

EMBASE - Another comprehensive source of biomedical information, including more than 6.5 million records. Registration and small fee required.

BIOETHICSLINE - A database which helps identify current research, legal judgements and public opinion in matters relating to the ethics of biomedical research and healthcare.

CancerLit - A product of the National Cancer Institute this is a database of refences to published journal articles, conference proceedings, government reports and monographs that relate to cancer.

WISDOM - A resource for health professional seeking funding to support biomedical research.

Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE) - Produced by the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at York University, this database provides high-quality research reviews that look at the effectiveness of health care interventions

AIDSLINE, AIDSDRUGS & AIDSTRIALS - Three database produced by the National Library of Medicine

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EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE ON THE INTERNET

EBM at McMaster University - The recognised home of evidence based medicine.

Turning Research into Practice (TRIP) - A database which provides a single searchable index of 14 EBM resources thus providing a one-stop link to over 1150 evidence-based topics.

Health Services Technology Assessment Text - Similar to TRIP, some exclusive emphasis on US resources, enables the clinician to search several full-text databases simultaneously.

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MEDICAL JOURNALS ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB

Annals of Internal Medicine -From January 1996. Several full-text original articles, including editorials, letters and updates.

British Medical Journal - From January 1993. Entire journal from January 1997 is available in full text. Plus full text BMJ books.

JAMA - Some original articles in full text. Non-full-text format have detailed online abstracts.

Journal of Clinical Investigation - All articles available in full-text !

The Lancet - Editorials and news items available in full text. Online abstracts for about 50% of research articles. Full text of the entire journal available to subscribers

New England Journal of Medicine - All editorials, letters and book reviews available in full text. Detailed online abstracts with hypertext links enable you to order a copy of an article ($10 per item). Includes 'Collections' of full text selected articles published in this journal.

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CONSUMER HEALTH INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET

Self-Help Groups

Charities Aid Foundation

Contact-a-Family (UK)

National Organisation for Rare Disorders(US)

Patient Leaflets

Scottish Health Education Board

Health Touch

Drug Information

Pharmaceutical Information Network (PharmInfoNet) - High quality independent assessments of therapeutic drugs and advances in new drug developments. A search of the drugs database (by generic or trade name)points to a series of full text articles published in the Medical Sciences Bulletin.

The US Pharmocopeia

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HEALTH STATISTICS ON THE WORLD WIBE WEB

Vital Statistics


National Center for Health Statistics (US) Office of National Statistics

WHO Report 1997

Disease-Specific Statistics

International Agency for Research in Cancer Report 1997

American Heart Association

Coronary Prevention Group

United Nations Aids Web site

The UK CJD Surveillance Unit

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Epidemiological Journals

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Weekly Epidemiological Report

Communicable Diseases Prevention & Control

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MEDICAL EDUCATION ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB

Online CME

NIH Consensus Development Program

Medscape-CME

Membership and Fellowship Examinations

MRCP Part 1 Question Bank

X-Ray Files

Interactive Learning

Interactive patient

Virtual Autopsy

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MEETINGS AND CONFERENCES

Doctors Guide to the Internet - Meetings and Conferences

Database of CME Events

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