I asked the CLNC® Pros to share the websites they use most often for researching their medical-related cases. I invite you to bookmark your favorites.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Offers links to clinical information and current clinical research.
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
Offers links to journals, policies, position statements, references and resources pertaining to family practice.
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
Provides clinical resources, standards, journals, education and certification information for the critical care nurse.
American College of Physicians (ACP) PIER® (Physician Information and Education Resource)
Comprises over 490 modules focusing on clinical topics as well as an extensive drug database and helpful patient information. Free to ACP members.
American College of Radiology (ACR)
Outlines standard of care, quality and safety resources, clinical research and news and publications.
American Heart Association
Provides statements, guidelines, clinical updates, news, continuing education, publications and statistics.
American Medical Directors Association
Supplies links to AMDA’s publications and products, news releases and resource library. Specific sections address the interests of medical directors and physicians who practice in long term care.
American Nursing Association (ANA)
Contains the nursing scope of practice including administration.
American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN)
Contains standards, education, links and publications.
Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
Contains education, standards of practice and peer networking for the OR nurse.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Promotes health, prevention of disease, injury and disability and preparedness for new health threats. Also provides intra-agency support and resource-sharing for cross-cutting issues and specific health threats.
Provides the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL®), the most comprehensive resource for nursing and allied health literature.
Code of Federal Regulations – Title 42 – Public Health
Presents Chapter IV – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services.
Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General
Allows you to check on the exclusion status of a healthcare provider or facility. Contains the list of sanctions and definitions of exclusions for Medicare fraud and other sanctions.
Elder Abuse Information
Helps you recognize and fight against elder abuse. Discusses different forms of elder abuse, causes and symptoms and gives the legal rights of the elderly.
Contains access to a variety of science and health information, books and journals.
Contains peer-reviewed online medical textbooks. Physicians continually update and revise this site. The standard format for each disease or condition includes diagnosis and treatment, differential diagnoses, and a list of additional references.
Federation of State Medical Boards
Contains a databank of board actions and physician disciplinary actions. Includes links to state medical boards.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Helps you investigate concerns about products in the FDA database.
Features the complete contents of Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th Edition.
Health Medicine refdesk.com
Contains an alphabetical list of health and disease-related links useful as a starting point for finding medical literature and other sites.
The Health Pages
Allows you to search for a physician by name and state or by specialty practice. This site has more current contact information than other physician directory sites, particularly telephone numbers. Links to state medical boards offering physician discipline information and reports on physicians and facilities are planned for this site.
Healthcare Financing Administration
Links to Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP and other federal search resources.
Contains clinical updates in primary care and practice management with access to archives and search features.
Infusion Nurses Society (INS)
Sets the standard for infusion care.
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Provides access to improvement knowledge and trustworthy content focused on healthcare quality across a broad array of topics.
Institute for Safe Medicine Practices
Presents links to newsletters, educational programs, medication safety tools and resources, articles, guidelines, products lists and reports.
Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases Antibiotic Guide
Provides information about infectious diseases and antibiotics. The site requires registration (free).
The Joint Commission
Accredits and certifies more than 17,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the U.S.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
Offers the most widely circulated, peer-reviewed, general medical journal in the world.
Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience Database (MAUDE)
Gives links to reports of product and device failure and other information.
Provides online resources for diseases and medical conditions, drugs and supplements and tests and procedures.
Contains links to 40 medical specialty websites for the latest developments and access to top journals. Also offers an email subscription service to alert you to news in specialties you select.
Contains links to publishers of medical and nursing journals in all fields and a complete list of all available journals worldwide.
Medical Library Association (MLA)
Provides educational opportunities, supports a knowledgebase of health information research and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the healthcare community and the public.
Provides ranked, peer-reviewed and annotated clinical medicine online resources for a variety of journals, texts, diseases and medical conditions.
Medical News Today – Litigation/Medical Malpractice News
Includes news and articles published daily on lawsuits, legislation, compensation claims, pharmaceutical company disputes and more.
The official U.S. government site for Medicare.
Contains searches, information, news and resources for the medical, pharmaceutical and healthcare professional, including medical abbreviations, medical dictionary, medical news, ICD-9 search, drug search, medical equipment and surgical instruments and other searches.
Presents health information from the National Library of Medicine.
Supplies medical news, full-text journal articles and resource centers.
Clarifies difficult medical language as defined by doctors in easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms.
Merck Manuals Online
Contains links to search the Merck Manual of Medical Information, Merck Manual of Geriatrics and Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy.
Contains information specific to your specialty, including clinical tools, specialty textbooks, journals and professional societies.
Micromedex Healthcare Series
Contains information on drugs, diseases, acute care, toxicology and alternative medicine.
Mosby’s Nursing Consult
Offers a vast array of information relevant to nurses including 38 leading nursing textbooks, 38 leading full-text nursing journals, evidence-based nursing monographs, drug information and calculators, over 370 practice guidelines, 8,000 patient handouts, 8,000 images, “Best Practice” clinical updates, dictionary, MEDLINE, Mosby’s Index and nursing and medical news.
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
Represents the interests and concerns of home care agencies, hospices and home care aide organizations.
National Cancer Institute
Contains information on cancer topics, clinical trials, cancer statistics, research and news.
National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)
Helps national, state and local partners in the field be fully prepared to ensure that older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence and without abuse, neglect and exploitation.
National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCBSN)
Offers links to most U.S. nurse practice acts, regulations and state boards of nursing.
National Guideline Clearinghouse
Serves as a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
Promotes access to palliative care and to maintaining quality care for persons facing the end of life and their families.
National Patient Safety Goals (NPSGs)
Delivers outlines and chapters for all applicable programs published by the Joint Commission.
National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP)
Contains online resources for pressure ulcer staging and links to public policy, education and research of pressure ulcers.
The New England Journal of Medicine
Contains a variety of clinically relevant medical information, including clinical and research articles, analysis and opinion articles and materials for both learning and teaching.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Presents comprehensive information about OSHA regulations, services, safety programs and employee training manuals with news and an online library.
Oncologic Nurses Society (ONS)
Represents over 37,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research and administration in oncology nursing.
Comprises more than 19 million citations for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals. Citations may include links to full-text articles from PubMed Central or publisher web sites.
Contains detailed information involving conditions, treatments and wellness surrounding the spine. Additional resources include links to clinical trials, glossary of terms, recommended textbooks about spinal anatomy, videos and animations.
Offers access to cross-searchable, full-text medical, nursing and pharmacology electronic textbooks from a wide variety of reputable authors, publishers and societies.
Surgical-Medical-New Terms Glossary
Offers the most complete list of medical products, devices and pharmaceuticals, with links to manufacturers’ websites and Food and Drug Administration information on each product.
Provides evidence-based, peer-reviewed-information resource for clinical knowledge and improved patient care. Available by subscription.
Wound Care Strategies
Contains products, education and news related to wound care.
Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society
Represents an international society of nurses who are experts in the care of patients with wound, ostomy or continence problems.
Contains links to symptoms, diseases, diagnosis, videos, tools, misdiagnosis, doctors, hospitals, drugs and articles.
Thank you to Suzanne Arragg, RN, BSN, CDONA/LTC, CLNC; Laura M. Averette, RN, MSN, CPHRM, CLNC; Dale Barnes, RN, MSN, PhN, CLNC; Nikki J. Chuml, RNC, CCE, FMC, CLNC; Larry Frace, RN, CLNC; Margaret Gallagher, RN, BSN, MSN, CLNC; Dorene Goldstein, RNC, CLNC; Sandra Higelin, RN, MSN, CS, CWCN, CLNC; Jane Hurst, RN, CLNC; Camille Joyner, RN, CCM, CLNC and Mildred Mannion, RN, BSN, CNOR, CLNC for sharing the websites they use most to research their legal nurse consulting medical-related cases.
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P.S. Check out my blog on 6/2/10 for 12 ways our CLNC® Pros boost the efficiency of their medical research.
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