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U.S. Government Information
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
- Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
A collection of "national probability surveys conducted by AHRQ on the financing and utilization of medical care in the United States."
- Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)
Has both state and national databases that "can be used to identify, track, and analyze national trends in health care utilization, access, charges, quality, and outcomes." HCUPnet provides health statistics and information on hospital stays at the National, regional and State level.
Provides statistics on medical resource utilization by persons with HIV infection.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- A-Z Index
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System
Surveys adults in all 50 states to estimate the prevalence of behaviors that may contribute to premature morbidity and mortality. Prevalence Data Online is available by state for the years 1984 to present and includes data derived from surveys on the prevalence of acute drinking, cholesterol awareness, chronic drinking, drinking and driving, exercise, access to firearms, hypertension, immunization, nutrition, overweight status, safety belt usage, and use of tobacco products. All data are not available for all years.
- Data and Statistics
- Emerging Infectious Diseases
An electronic journal.
- Healthy People 2010/2020
National health promotion and disease prevention initiative that measures progress of 467 public health status indicators. DATA2010 is an interactive database that tracks Healthy People indicators.
Provides statistics, fact sheets, publications,and information about treatment and prevention.
- Injury Data and Resources from the National
Center for Injury Prevention and Control
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Electronic version of the print journal; includes a search feature.
- National Center for Health Statistics
- National Prevention Information Network
Provides information on HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis.
- Travelers' Health
Includes vaccination requirements, traveler's health issues by global region.
- WISQARS - Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System
Provides statistics on injury mortality, 1981-1997, and leading causes of death, 1981-1997. Both data sets can be limited by date, sex, race and Hispanic origin. You can query the injury mortality data by selecting from an extensive list of mechanisms and causes such as adverse effects from medical treatments or drugs, insect bites, and machinery. In addition, the database enables you to limit deaths from motor vehicle accidents to pedestrians, vehicle occupants or bicyclists. The data are available on the state or national level.
"CDC WONDER provides query access to about 40 text-based and numeric databases. Numeric databases can provide, for example, the numbers and rates of sexually transmitted diseases, cancer cases, or deaths in the United States." Databases include: Injury mortality, fatal accident reporting system, mortality, natality, AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, and other data. Many data series contain county level data.
- Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
Monitors "priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity, alcohol and other drug use, sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV), and behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence."
- Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (USDA)
Provides Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It also provides an interactive application to assess nutrition, recipe books, and information on children and nutrition.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Formerly Health Care Finance Administration)
Provides information and statistics on Medicaid, Medicare, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program.
- Clinical Trials
"The U.S. National Institutes of Health, through its National Library of Medicine, has developed ClinicalTrials.gov to provide patients,family members and members of the public current information about clinical research studies." Search or browse by sponsoring agency or condition. The site also includes background information on clinical trials.
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Provides a number of databases on births, birth defects, cause of death, behavioral risk factors, cancer, injury hospitalizations, and other tops.
State-supported health insurance option for Colorado residents who don't receive health coverage through their employers and who can't get coverage from health insurers due to a pre-existing medical condition.
Contains access to government information about H1N1, avian, and pandemic influenza. Includes Research Activities associated with the flu.
- Food and Drug Administration
Provides information on food safety, approved drugs, animal drugs, cosmetics, medical and radiological devices, toxicology, children and tobacco, and other topics.
- Food and Nutrition Information Center
Publishes information on dietary supplements, food composition, dietary guidelines, and other information.
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) portal to federal government health web sites.
A web site from the United States government to help consumers locate reliable medical information including: online publications, databases, web sites, support and self-help groups, not-for -profit organizations, and government agencies. Includes links to medical dictionaries.
- Human Radiation Experiments
"The Office of Human Radiation Experiments, established in March 1994, leads the Department of Energy's efforts to tell the agency's Cold War story of radiation research using human subjects. We have undertaken an intensive effort to identify and catalog relevant historical documents from DOE's 3.2 million cubic feet of records scattered across the country."
- Indian Health Service
Offers online publications such as Trends in Indian Health, Regional Differences in Indian Health, and other titles.
- International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) Database
A database "produced by the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health, in conjunction with the Food and Nutrition Information Center of the National Agricultural Library, U.S. Department of Agriculture. IBIDS contains bibliographic records, including abstracts published in international scientific journals on the topic of dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbal and botanical supplements. The general public, scientists, researchers, and other interested parties will be able to search the database using keywords to obtain the citations of research journal articles."
Provides publications and online databases. The Medicare Compare database allows you to compare features of health care plans. The Nursing Home Compare contains information from the most recent nursing home inspections and surveys.
- National Cancer Institute
Mortality Maps and Graphs, 1950-1994
Maps, text, tables and figures showing the geographic patterns of cancer death rates throughout the United States from 1950 to 1994 for about 40 cancers. The atlas includes a function to create custom maps or to download data.
- National Cancer Institute (NCI) Publications
View or order free publications.
- National Guideline Clearinghouse
"NGC database contains evidence-based clinical practice guidelines as defined by the Institute of Medicine: "Clinical practice guidelines are systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances."
- National Health Information Center (NHIC)
- Toll-Free Numbers for Health Information
- Federal Health Information Centers and Clearinghouses
- Health Information Resource Database, which "includes 1,100 organizations and government offices that provide health information upon request. Entries include contact information, short abstracts, and information about publications and services the organizations provide." Search by filling in a form or clicking on a list of keywords.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Notes
Covers the areas of treatment and prevention research, epidemiology, neuroscience, behavioral research, health services research, and AIDS.
- National Institutes of Health
Includes links to all of the research institutes, the National Library of Medicine, and a selection of Health Information.
- National Library of Medicine
This service, from the National Library of Medicine, provides access to Medline, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, clinical and consumer health information, directories of hospitals, physicians and health related organizations and other services. The encyclopedia, provided by the Adam Company, includes diseases, injuries, nutrition, surgery, poisons, symptoms, tests, and special topics such as weight loss.
- PubMed (Medline)
"Provides access to over 11 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources." Medline is also available via the NLM Gateway and MedlinePlus.
- PubMed Central
PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
- Reports of the Surgeon General
Online collection includes reports on HIV/AIDS, mental health, smoking and health, physical activity, nutrition, child sexual abuse, violence on television, and other topics. For pre-2000 reports, visit this site.
Provides a "geographic representation of Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data."
Searches across numerous databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.
Provides access to all government web sites with reliable and accurate information on food and nutrition.
- Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)
Links to NLM's Entrez database of 1.3 million citations with abstracts from MEDLINE on genetics and related topics.
- The President's Council on Bioethics
Includes information about the committee and its publications.
- US Agency for International Development (USAID)
Includes health statistics for selected countries by world region and country. Additional publications about health initiatives and programs, can be found on the Health page.
- USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory searchable database.
International Organization Information
- Country Health Profiles from Pan American Health Organization.
- International Labour Organization (ILO)
Provides information on the impact of HIV/AIDS.. The site includes full-text reports and fact sheets.
- UNAIDS (joint program of UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNDCP, UNESCO, WHO, and World Bank)
Provides information on the global AIDS epidemic. A recent report examined the impacts of the epidemic on countries of sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, the site features Epidemiological Fact Sheets by Country. The fact sheets contain "the most recent country-specific data on HIV/AIDS prevalence and incidence, together with information on behaviors (e.g. casual sex and condom use) that can spur or stem the transmission of HIV."
- World Bank: Economics of Tobacco Control
Provides country-level data (when available) on smoking prevalence and mortality.
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- American Hospital Directory
Provides name, address, accreditation status, summary financial data, services offered, and summary data on patient length of stay and costs by category of service, and summary data on services to ambulatory patients. Derived from data reported to the Health Care Finance Administration.
Provides ratings for health care services and providers including ratings of hospitals by procedure, health plans, physicals, home health agencies and nursing homes. In addition to ratings, the site provides basic directory information in many of the same areas. Much of the data is derived from reports to the Health Care Finance Administration.
- Health Insurance Consumer Guides
From Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.
- Joint Commission Quality
"Quality Check offers useful information about Joint Commission accredited organizations. On a basic level, you can retrieve details about an organization's accreditation. For example, you can find out how it rated during its most recent evaluation or on any follow-up activity. If you want to know more, you can find how the organization performed in areas such as patient rights, infection control, and many other areas of interest to you through the organization's performance report. " includes hospitals, ambulatory care, behavioral care, health care networks, home care, laboratories, and long term care facilities.
Resources in the Catalog
- The Library Catalog, Chinook
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