General Health Resources

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Find a physician, specialist, or support group

DoctorFinder through the American Medical Association (AMA)
DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This database includes more than 690,000 doctors.  Website requires Captcha authentication.
Driver Rehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association
Find A Driving Specialist:
FindaDoc provides free access to over 720,000 doctors in the U.S.
Find a federally-funded Health Center through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.
Find a Physical Therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
Find a Social Worker through
Find a Surgeon through the American College of Surgeons (ACS)
Guide to Health Care Quality through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Health and Medicine Reference Resources from
Hospital Compare:  CMS Hospital Quality Initiative
Hospital Compare is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Quality Initiative. The Hospital Quality Initiative uses a variety of tools to help stimulate and support improvements in the quality of care delivered by hospitals.
U.S. Hospital Finder™
What is a Physiatrist?
Includes a searchable database of physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Medicare, Medicaid, and long term care information

Centers for Medicare & Medcaid Services (CMS)
Listing of acronyms and glossary of terms
"Medicare and Medicaid: A Health Care Safety Net for People with Serious Disabilities and Chronic Conditions"
National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
An advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and assisted living. Ombudsmen provides information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care.
State Ombudsman Listing:
Special Focus Facility (SFF) Initiative
Through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this listing contains information on poorly rated nursing homes.
Understanding Changes in Prescription Drug Coverage for People with Disabilities on Medicare: A Project of Advancing Independence
A paper from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute

General health information

Health Hotlines Database through the National Library of Medicine
Online database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services. The database also includes information on services and publications available in Spanish. Users may browse by keyword or a subject list.
A service of the National Health Information Center, provides key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet.
Email: is owned and operated by iGuard, Inc., a Quintiles company. MediGuard was created by professionals with decades of experience in healthcare market research, clinical drug development, and drug safety to empower patients to make better informed health decisions.  MediGuard is NOT intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice nor can it or does it take into consideration every possible interaction or account for individual responses to medicine. - Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
Fact sheets, guides, research, and Internet resources gathered by the librarians of the National Library of Medicine.
MedlinePlus: Evaluating Internet Health Information - A Tutorial From the National Library of Medicine
MedTerms Online Medical Dictionary
MedTerms™ online medical dictionary is the medical reference for, containing easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms.
Merck Manual (online)
Merck Manual Consumer Edition:
Merck Manual Professional Edition:
National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD)
An information center concerned with physical activity and disability.
Toll Free: 800/900-8086 (V/TTY)
NCPAD Program Database:
NCPAD Parks Database:
NCPAD Personal Trainers Database:
NCPAD Factsheets on Exercise and Fitness:
NCHPAD Exercise Program for Stroke Survivors (video):
National Health Information Center (NHIC)
NHIC is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.
Referral Specialist Toll Free:  800/336-4797, 301/565-4167
Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)
OMH’s mission is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.  The OMHRC serves as an information and referral service on minority health issues for professionals, community groups, consumers and students.
Toll Free:  800/444-6472
Office of Women’s Health through U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Offers free women’s health information on more than 800 topics through their call center and website.
Toll Free:  800/994-9662, Information Specialists are available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Toll Free: 877/696-6775
Contacting HHS Resources:
WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.

Statistics, Guidelines, and Healthcare Research

CITING MEDICINE: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd Edition 2007
A database that provides information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers.  Information provided includes the trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations and phone numbers for more details.
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
NCHS provides statistical information that guides the actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.
Toll Free:  866/441-6247, 301/458-4000
National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)
NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Contact Information:
"New This Week Archive":
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Toll Free: 888/346-3656, 301/594-5983
Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Online
ODG is the most comprehensive and up-to-date medical treatment and return to work guideline worldwide, providing evidence-based decision support to improve as well as benchmark outcomes in workers' comp, non-occupational disability, and general health insurance.
Toll Free:  800/488-5548, 760/753-9992
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