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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) provides evidence-based information on health care outcomes; quality; and cost, use, and access. Information from AHRQ’s research helps people make more informed decisions and improve the quality of health care services.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's mission is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. This site links to prevention guidelines as well as the online version of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

The US National Institutes of Health, through the National Library of Medicine, has developed to provide patients, family members and health professionals with information about current clinical research studies.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, US food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable. The FDA is focused on the public getting the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve health and well-being.

Healthfinder is a consumer health information web site from the US government containing access to online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.


MedlinePlus provides information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus summarizes authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government, non-profit, and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

As the principal health statistics agency for the United States, the NCHS compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve health. They are a unique public resource for health information--a critical element of public health and health policy.

National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Browsing NGC is available by disease/condition, treatment/intervention and organization.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health is one of the world's foremost medical research centers, and the federal focal point for medical research in the United States. The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone.

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, is the world's largest medical library. The Library collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.

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