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Medical references you can trust

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.

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MedlinePlus® (highly recommended)
US National Library of Medicine authoritative consumer health information.

BC Children's Hospital - Family Resource Library
A consumer health library open to all families in British Columbia. Its mission is to help families and those working with them, to understand and manage the needs of children related to their diagnoses, tests and treatments.

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

HealthLink BC
Trusted health information is just a phone call or a click away with HealthLink BC. 811 on the phone or online gives British Columbians easy access to non-emergency health information. Speak with a nurse about your symptoms, consult with a pharmacist about your medication questions, or get healthy eating advice from a dietitian. You can also find publicly funded health services and resources like the BC Health Guide. This service is available 24 hours a day.

BC NurseLine
Now part of HealthLink BC, dial 811 for all non-emergency health issues.

Dietitian Services at Health Link BC
Quality nutrition information provided by the Registered Dietitians of BC. To speak to a dietitian, call toll-free in BC, 1-800-667-3438 or dial 811.

Public Health Agency of Canada
A source of public health information on healthy living, disease and injury prevention.

The Canadian Cancer Society
The Canadian Cancer Society can help individuals and families who are facing cancer. The Society provides trusted information, emotional support for individuals, children and families, accommodation, transportation and financial aid. For assistance contact 1-888-939-3333, cancerinfo@bc.cancer.ca or visit Support and Services.

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Canadian Cancer Society - Cancer Encyclopedia
A comprehensive database of cancer information.

Family Doctor
Clear and concise patient hand-outs for common medical concerns and conditions provided by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

InteliHealth
Online health information provided by Aetna InteliHealth in partnership with Harvard Medical School and Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

Mayo Clinic
Reliable information for a healthier life from Mayo Clinic.

PubMed
A service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals for biomedical articles dating back to the 1950's. PubMed includes some links to full text articles and other related resources.

UpToDate For Patients
Patient information on hundreds of topics, allowing patients and healthcare providers to share in the decision making process.

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