Patient Education

* Waterbury Hospital does not necessarily endorse any of the following links. Rather the links provided are intended for educational purposes and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advise, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical professional if you have questions regarding a medical condition. If you feel that you have a medical emergency, call your physician or dial 911 immediately.

Educational Links and Resources

CAPHIS: Web Sites You Can Trust web resources for healthcare consumers selected by the Consumer and Patient Health Information Section (CAPHIS) of the Medical Library Association.

CDC Health Topics A-Z a listing of disease and health topics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the United State. contains information about thousands of active clinical trials sponsored by the NIH and other Federal agencies, and some from the private sector. a joint project of Federal agencies with responsibility for consumer protection. Provides links to online Federal information resources in categories such as Food, Health, Product Safety, Transportation, and others.

Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs is a public education project of Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports.

eMedicine Consumer Health medical information written by physicians for patients and consumers on important health topics

Family Doctor is a site produced by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Genetics Home Reference is a guide to understanding genetic conditions and is produced by the National Library of Medicine.

Healthfinder is a site developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies.

Healia is a specialized search engine offers some unique features, including filters that limit to age, gender, heritage, and reading ability; broader and narrow search terms; the ability to modify font size and view search history; and categorization of results under Prevention, Causes/Risk, Symptoms, Diagnosis/Tests, and Treatment tabs.

Household Products Database contains health and safety information on household products from the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine.

iCONN-Connecticut’s Digital Library is free to Connecticut residents. “Search thousands of popular and scholarly articles including newspapers, business information, health and wellness information and much more. Also includes reQuest which is a database containing the book and journal holdings of most libraries in Connecticut. To access from home you will need to type in the barcode number from your public library card.

Lab Test Online is a public resource that can be used to gain understanding about a particular lab test.

Mayo Clinic is a site owned by the Mayo Foundation for Medical Education & Research. There are many sections to explore such as diseases and conditions, treatment decisions, healthy living, health tools, etc.

Medlineplus is from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. It contains a vast array of health information in print as well as visual format.

Merck Manual Second Home Edition is a manual of medical information for the general public.

National Cancer Institute contains comprehensive medical information from the National Institutes of Health /National Cancer institute.

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information a resource for current information and materials concerning substance abuse prevention and treatment. Includes information for specific audiences(populations) and also a section on culture and prevention.

National Health Information Center (NHIC)– a health information referral service established by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services to help professionals and the public locate organizations, publications, and other sources of health information

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): Health Information- includes some information in Spanishand links to health information provided by all the institutes within NIH.

National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC):– Gateway to resources on women’s health issues, made available by the Office on Women’s Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

NOAH: New York Online Access to Health has high quality full text consumer health information that is both in English and Spanish.

NORD: The National Organization of Rare Disorders contains health information on rare disorders.

OncoLink provides cancer information for the general public.

Senior Health is a site for older adults developed jointly by the National institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine.


Your Dental Health: A Guide for Patients and Families is a resource to assist with obtaining dental health information.