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​Consumer Health Information that is up to date, reliable and free of commercial influence. Interior Health’s team of Medical Librarians has compiled a list of trusted online medical reference resources to help you with your medical questions.

General

HealthLinkBC
Trusted health information covering Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Mental Health & Substance Use, Medical Tests, Medications, Health Topics and Public Health Alerts. Tools assist with medical Decision Points, Health & Fitness, Lifestyle, Pregnancy and Brand Name product selection.  8-1-1 - A free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line for non-emergencies. Speak to a health service navigator, registered nurse, registered dietitian, qualified exercise professional, or a pharmacist. This service is available 24 hours a day and is available in Punjabi, Cantonese and Mandarin.

BC Centre for Disease Control  
Information on Diseases and Immunization & Vaccines.

Government of Canada - Health  
Information on Diseases & Conditions and Healthy Living.

HealthChoicesFirst  
Over 1500 health and wellness videos presented by Canadian health practitioners.

Mayo Clinic
Diseases and Conditions, Symptom, Tests and Procedures and Drugs and Supplements.

MedlinePlus
US National Library of Medicine authoritative consumer health information.

Merck Manual - Consumer Version
Find information on Medical Topics, Symptoms, Emergencies, Drugs, Procedures, News and more written in everyday language.

Medical Library Association - Top Health Websites
General, cancer, diabetes, eye disease, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and stroke.

Cancer

BC Cancer Agency  
Provides information about cancer, its treatment and the many support services available. 

The Canadian Cancer Society   
Provides trusted information, emotional support, accommodation, transportation and financial aid. For assistance contact 1-888-939-333, cancerinfo@bc.cancer.ca or visit Support and Services. Also try the Cancer Encyclopedia.

Children

About Kids Health  
Trusted answers from The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto) - Health A-Z, Drugs, Pregnancy, Ages & Stages, Nutrition, Mental Health, the Body, Just for Kids and Just for Teens. Resource Centres also available on several topics.

Caring For Kids  
Information for parents from Canada’s paediatricians.

Diabetes

Diabetes Canada  
Provides extensive information about diabetes in general as well as living with diabetes.

American Diabetes Association
Information to help determine if you are at risk, as well as living with diabetes after diagnosis.

Heart & Stroke

Heart & Stroke  
Detailed information on stroke and heart disease.

American Heart Association
Information on Healthy Living and many cardiovascular Conditions. See also the Interactive Cardiovascular Library and Answers by Heart Fact Sheets.

Mental Health & Substance Use

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 
Accurate, reliable, straightforward and impartial information about Conditions and Substances. 

Here to Help 
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information provides personal stories, self-help resources, crisis numbers and FAQs. 

Men’s and Women’s Health

Canadian Men’s Health Foundation
Inspiring Canadian men to live healthier lives through Health Stories and many helpful Resources.

Girlshealth.gov
Reliable information on the Body; Fitness; Nutrition; Illness & Disability; Drugs, Alcohol & Smoking; Feelings; Relationships; Bullying; Safety; Future; and Environmental Health, from the Office on Women’s Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Includes Q&A, quizzes and videos.

SexandU 
Information on Your Body, Sexual Activity, LGBTTQ+, STIs, Contraception, Pregnancy, and Consent.

Women’s Health Matters  
Canadian source for trusted, evidence-based and timely information on women’s health. Select an area of interest under Health Centres. 

Multi-Language Resources

Fraser Health  
Search reliable education materials about health and health care services in plain language.

Health Information Translations
Education resources in multiple languages.

National Institutes of Health - HealthReach
Provides searchable information about health conditions and wellness topics in many languages and formats.

Refugee Health Vancouver   
Information covering many health conditions and concerns.

 

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