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Ascension LibTip: Consumer Health

This list, prepared by the Ascension Sacred Heart's Medical Librarian from other sources, is provided for information only. Referral to these sites does not imply the endorsement of Ascension Health of either the organization or their contents, expressed views, programs, or political activities. Further, Ascension does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available from these organizations or on these websites. This list is not meant to be comprehensive; the exclusion of a site does not reflect the quality of that site. Please note that sites and URLs are subject to change without warning. 29 March 2023 MASH

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Patients and Consumers

Provides information on the latest evidence-based information to improve your health.

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

This website provides general information on child health, parenting issues, and more.

 American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Provides information on women's health issues from abnormal uterine bleeding to the Zika virus.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) -

The ASRM patient and consumer website for news on reproductive health and information on topics such as fertility and having children, protecting your fertility, men's and women's health, and other issues.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The CDC is the nation's public health agency. The website includes CDC publications and information about diseases and conditions, environmental health, immunizations and vaccines, travelers' health, workplace health, and more.

Choosing Wisely

An initiative created by medical societies that encourages physicians, patients, and others to talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary. This website includes lists by each society of things physicians and patients should question to help make decisions about appropriate care.

Consumer and Patient Health Information Caucus's Top Health Websites or the Most Trusted Health Websites PDF document

The websites listed on these documents cover general health, women's health, senior health, parenting, and more.

This website was created by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) to help the consumer avoid mistakes when taking medication. It includes drug alerts, a newsletter, articles, and information on reporting medication errors.

This website developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians has information for consumers on a variety of health topics, diseases and conditions, guides to medications and more.

Go Ask Alice!

This website from Columbia University is an interactive question and answer service on health topics including relationship, budgeting, general health, and more.

This website provides information for consumers on obtaining health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, including how to apply for coverage, health insurance essentials, and information for specific groups.


Healthfinder is the consumer health information gateway established by the federal government with information on health topics, news, personal health tools, and a searchable database of health services.


This website was created as a non-profit, national clearinghouse for women's health information. The website has information on specific diseases and conditions, health living, pregnancy, and midlife transitions to menopause.

Lab Tests Online

This website started in 2001 by the American Association of Clinical Chemistry is designed to help patients understand clinical laboratory tests. Users can browse tests by test name, health screenings, or by condition or disease.


MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine and provides relevant health and wellness information on topics from A to Z that can be trusted, easy to understand, and in both English and Spanish.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) - Health Information

Users can search health topics or browse by category.  There are also links to information from other government agencies.

Surgeon General

The Surgeon General provides the best scientific information available on how American can improve their health and help reduce the risk of illness and/or injury.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

This website provides science-based health and safety information you can trust.