Our Top Picks

Why a 'Top Picks' page?

Because we wanted to provide a good place to begin your search for trusted medical information.  Here you'll find website lists from medical librarians who specialize in finding trustworthy health information.  There are also links to patient support websites where you can learn and share with others going through the same symptoms, a new diagnosis or medical condition..

And others are listed here just because we think they are 'novel' and different or offer new approaches to engaging patients and putting informed choices and patient safety first. 

General Health 'Finders' & Resources 

Choosing Wisely Campaign
From the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) & many other medical campaign partners. Their mission is to promote conversations between clinicians and patients to help patients make healthcare choices that are supported by evidence, avoid unnecessary tests or procedures, are free from harm, and truly necessary.

Choosing Wisely Print and Go Wallet Cards
5 Questions To Ask You Doctor Before You Get Any Test, Treatment or Procedure

The Empowered Patient Coalition’s Engaged Patient 
Resources & information for those who want to be a more engaged patient (free resources with email sign-up)  

Medical Library Association (MLA)
The MLA is the professional association for medical librarians that help doctors, nurses and researchers find information they need.  So, it makes sense their top list of websites for health information would help patients too.

Please also note this comment on the MLA Website:  Need more information? Try asking a medical librarian (note that not all medical libraries are open to the public). Call your local hospital, health care center, medical school, or search in the Health Library Directory from MedlinePlus, a service of the US National Library of Medicine.

MLA's Tips on 'Finding Good Health Informatio on the Internet

Medline Plus
From The National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world's largest medical library, and a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

My Health Finder
US government’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion website

Web MD
Information, supportive communities, and in-depth reference material about health subjects that matter to you

Patient Sharing or Advocacy Communities 

Massachusetts Health Quality Partners Patient Resources
Experienced patient advocates & activists sharing their knowledge with other patients. Tools, guidelines and information to help navigate and manage your care.

Patients LIke Me
Patients share their own personal experiences with a variety of medical conditions and learn from other patients. Sign in is required, but there are no fees. You can search or share information about an illness or condition, symptoms, or treatments & even ask quesitons or have discussions with other patients.  

Smart Patients
An online community for patients and families affected by a variety of illnesses. Here you can learn at your own level about scientific developments related to your condition, share your questions and concerns with other members. There is also a section with information and sharing about clinical trials for cancer and other medical conditions.

Patients Rising
A nonprofit organization providing support and education to people with chronic and life-threatening illnesses. They work with patients to advocate for access to the treatments, innovations and care they need. They also offer a Patient Advocacy training with openings for 50 patients or caregivers who want to move the bar & represent others who have chronic illnesses.

Patient Support 

Care Calendar

Organize help for a loved one after surgery, a birth or during any medical recovery period.

Caring Bridge
A popular service website in existence since 1997, where you can easily & quickly build a website page to share updates about a loved one's medical journey, and invite friends & family to post their well wishes or comments. The service is free, and depends entirely on donations.   

Meal Train
A free service site that allows caregivers/family to organize meal deliveries for a loved one, family or friend.

My Lifeline
For cancer patients, a place to build your own 'dashboard' that includes a calendar for organizing meals, transportatoin or physical help, an interactive blog, discussion board & support from other cancer patients.



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