Finding quality health information on the internet can be a difficult task. It is important that patients, their carers and the public have access to trustworthy and reliable health information resources. The following sites are recommended as sources of high-quality health information. A good statrting point is https://library.nhs.uk/public/ which pulls together in one place key sources and advice, including coronavirus information and tips on developing and supporting health literacy.
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The official website of the NHS
in England provides a comprehensive health information service with thousands of articles, videos and tools, helping patients to make the best choices about their health and lifestyle.
is a comprehensive directory of evidence-based clinical information, written by UK trained medical professionals and accredited by The Information Standard. It features health information leaflets, a symptoms checker, and discussion forums.
is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, it brings information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in a simple, accessible language.
provides free, reliable information about health issues by sharing people's real-life experiences. It gives patients the chance to read about other people's experiences and find information about conditions, treatment choices and support. Its sister site, Young People’s Experiences
, looks at teen health issues.
Contact a Family is a national charity for families with disabled children, providing information, advice and support. The medical information A-Z directory
provides up-to-date and validated information on hundreds of disabilities and conditions. Entries are written so that they are accessible for parents and carers as well as professionals.
is a website for young people about mental health medication and is owned and managed by the national charity YoungMinds. The site has two aims: to make information about mental health accessible for young people, and to answer questions relating to mental health medication.
Understanding Health Research
is a tool designed to help people understand and review published health research to decide how dependable and relevant a piece of research is. Users are guided through a series of questions to ask about specific types of health research, and then to understand what the answers to those questions say about the quality of the research they are reading.