Websites by Category

Bones and Joints (Arthritis)

·   Arthritis Foundation

·   National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


·   American Cancer Society

·   National Cancer Institute


·   American Diabetes Association


·   National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Diseases and Public Health

·   Center for Disease Control

·   Internet Resources for Health  Education and Health Promotion

·   Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

·   National Organization for Rare Disorders

Drug Abuse (Alcohol)

·   National Clearinghouse - Alcohol & Drug Information


·   National Eye Institute

·   National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped


·   National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped


·   National Head Injury Foundation

Heart and Circulation 

·   American Heart Association

·   National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute


·   American Lung Association

·   National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

Sexual Health

·   American Social Health Association

·   National Prevention Intervention Network


·   American Academy of Dermatology

·   National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

UW Medicine Links

·   EthnoMed

·   Health Online






Internet Resources on Patient Education  

There are hundreds of patient education and consumer health websites. Listed here are select sites to help you locate credible materials on the Internet to support your patient teaching.

Before using any material for patient teaching, please critically review them for accuracy, cultural appropriateness, and readability.

Guidelines for Evaluating Health Information on the Internet

Some things to keep in mind when using the Internet to find out information about your health or illness:

·         It should be clear who is providing the medical data; their names and qualifications should be posted.

·         Find out who owns the site and consider possible biases.

·         Make sure there is a way to contact the site owner(s). If you use the site and need to contact them, keep track to see if they respond in a timely manner.

·         Look for sites with recent postings; health information gets outdated.

·         If you have questions about something you find on the Internet, ask your doctor or health care provider.

·         Be aware that as you click-and-link through sites, you may be linked to another site and may need to re-evaluate the source.

For more information about evaluating websites, please visit University of Washington Medical Center’s Health Information Resource Center website:


Selected Health Sites

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 301-427-1104,
Consumer information on specific health conditions, surgery, prescriptions, heath plans, and other health care issues. From main page, click on "For Patients & Consumers."

American Academy of Dermatology, 888-503-7546,
Offers a wealth of dermatology related patient education information, as well as information for health care professionals.

American Cancer Society, 800-227-2345,
Provides information on prevention (including diet, smoking, exercise, alcohol, hormones), risk factors, mammograms (with tips on how to get a good mammogram), BSE, and treatment options. There is a directory of resources, including books and organizations. There is an on-line order form for obtaining materials from ACS (click on the "Publications" link on the home page).

American Diabetes Association, 800-342-2383,
Includes an on-line postgraduate course for health care professionals. There is little patient education material. You can search by state for local diabetes foundations, research, and resources. Some of these foundations have patient education material. For example, the Washington affiliate’s page has information on diabetes and sex, pregnancy, nutrition, fitness, etc.

American Heart Association, 214-706-1220 (or call 800-242-8721 for local chapter),
Includes an index to nearly 300 subjects from the American Heart Association. Information on children, nutrition, exercise, and support groups is included. There is a listing of books and cookbooks available for purchase, and a toll-free number for placing orders (click on the "Home, Health, and Family" link on the home page, then click on the "Other AHA Publications" link).

American Lung Association, 800-586-4872,
Contains patient education materials on lung health and disease. There are links to many local chapters. When brochures or other items are available for order, they are listed at the end of the information on a particular topic. For example, a search for "girls and smoking" brings you to the "Pregnancy and Smoking" page. At the bottom of this page are items related to pregnancy and smoking that one can order.

American Sexual Health Association, 800-227-8922,
Provides a sexual health glossary, and information about STDs, women’s health, and education materials.

Arthritis Foundation, 800-283-7800,
Comprehensive site covers causes for and treatment of arthritis, links to a couple hundred local chapters, as well as information on ordering video and audio tapes and other materials. There are free brochures available (go to "Resource Room" link; then go to "For Health Professionals" link).

Brain Injury Association of America, 703-761-0750,
From the home page, click on “About Brain Injury” for a complete list of brain injury related topics, detailed information on the topics listed, publications, and fact sheets. This site also covers information on research, living with brain injury, policy and legislation, and links to topics ranging from case management to education.

Cancer Care, 800-813-4673,
Contains practical help and tips for people with cancer, along with information for professionals. There is also information on support groups and links to on-line support groups. On-line articles are provided: click on the "Library" link from the home page.

Provides information about cultural beliefs and medical issues pertinent to the health care of patients from East Africa and Southeast Asia. The profile of each ethnic group covers cultural topics, symptoms, health and illness, community resources, and patient education materials, as well as further reading and links to other Web sources.

Internet Resources for Health Education and Health Promotion, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library,
Contains a selected bibliography of Internet resources on health education and promotion. It was compiled by the George Washington University Medical Center.

National Cancer Institute,
Patient education materials for patients, health professionals, and basic researchers.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 877-726-4727 (877-SAMHSA-7),
The world’s largest resource for current information and materials about substance abuse.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases,
Includes information for patients and health care professionals on diabetes, digestive diseases, endocrine diseases, kidney diseases, nutrition and obesity, and urologic diseases. There are links to other sources of government information.

National Eye Institute, 301-496-5248,
There is little patient education material at this site. Click on the "Health Information" tab on the home page or search by alphabetic listing.

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, 301-251-1222,
Contains information about sleep disorders and cardiovascular, lung, and blood conditions. Under “Public Health Topics,” click on the "Educational Materials" link to see brochures, posters, audio and video resources that can be ordered.

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 301-496-8190,
Contains information on fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, lupus, psoriasis, Raynauds phenomenon, vitiligo, and other skin, arthritic, and muskuloskeletal diseases.

National Institute of Mental Health,
Comprehensive site provides information on mental health topics, including getting help, research, funding, publications, and mental health information and organizations. Available in English and Spanish and with options to view text in various sizes.

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, 202-707-5100,
Although you cannot order materials through this website, you can search the online NLS Union Catalog for materials in Braille or large print, audio materials and listening equipment. All of the materials can be requested for free loan through participating NLS libraries. There is also an FTP site where visitors can anonymously download NLS materials.

National Prevention Information Network, 800-232-4636,
Material on many aspects of AIDS and HIV. There are hundreds of items available to order from the CDC and many other organizations. From the home page, click on "Search Materials."

National Organization for Rare Disorders, 800-999-6673,
A brief description of each of several hundred rare disorders is provided, along with links to other sites about that disease.