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Prevention, wellness, and disease information

  • CISMeF-patients: Sites médicaux francophones à destination des patients et de leurs familles |FRENCH|
    A directory of French-language sites from Canada, Belgium, and France.
  • College of Family Physicians of Canada - Patient Education Program / Collège des médecins de famille du Canada - Programme d'éducation des patients
    Factsheets with summaries of common problems in family medicine.
  • Portail santé mieux-être |FRENCH| (Government of Quebec)
    News on health issues, advice and prevention, assistance measures and programs, and finding resources.
  • Healthwise Knowledgebase
    Contains comprehensive, current, evidence-based information for consumers, including health topics, medical tests, medications and complementary & alternative medicine.
  • Healthy Ontario / Santé Ontario |FRENCH|
    This site, from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion is a large, bilingual site providing drug and disease as well as health promotion information reviewed by health professionals.
  • JAMA Network - for Patients
    The Journal of the American Medical Association's patient pages are listed here for convenient browsing and printing.
  • Lab Tests Online
    For descriptions of medical tests - what they look for, and how they work.
  • Clinical Key
    After searching for your topic, click on 'Related Patient Information'.
  • MEDLINEplus (U.S. National Library of Medicine) |SPANISH|
    A directory of disease and drug information from reliable American associations. Includes "Easy-To-Read" links and interactive tutorials for many diseases and conditions.
  • |FRENCH|
    A Canadian website for teens, adults, and health professionals about all issues surroudning human sexuality.
  • TRIP Database: Turning Research Into Practice - Select "Patient Information" after search
    This Welsh site is a search engine retrieving information, particularly evidence-based information, from over 50 sites, including 4,200 patient information leaflets.
  • UpToDate
    This database includes patient information handouts for many topics, some of which are freely accessible.
  • Women's Health Matters (Sunnybrook & Women’s College Health Sciences Centre) |FRENCH|
    This website contains original information pertaining to women's health as well as a searchable database of quality print, electronic, and multimedia information sources.

Multicultural health information

Drug information and alternative therapies

Environmental Health

  • Guide to Less Toxic Products (Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia)
    Lists alternative products for personal care, household cleaning, baby care, and household pest control.
  • Household Products Database: Health and Safety Information on Household Products
    A searchable database of common household products which lists all ingredients. Can also be searched by chemical ingredient.
  • Consumer Guides (Environmental Working Group)
    Safety information for a range of consumer products, including beauty products, food, cleaning products, and electronics.

Consumer health information centres

Print resources

Quality, reliability, and readability of health information


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