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Virtual Reference Desk: Health & Medicine

Additional health-related resources are available from the Nursing and Health Sciences Research Guides.

Drug Information

Directories (Website with multiple sources)

Specialized (Single sources for research)

Hospitals & Doctors

  • AMA DoctorFinder (American Medical Associaiton): Provides information on licensed physicians in the United States.
  • American Hospital Directory: Provides data and statistics about more than 6,000 hospitals nationwide.
  • Compare Nursing Homes (Medicare): Contains detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country.
  • FAQ - Hospital Information (National Library of Medicine): Suggested sources for evaluating health facilities and choosing a doctor or healthcare service.
  • Hospital Compare (Medicare): Provides information about the quality of care at over 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country.

Statistics

  • Cleveland Dept. of Public Health: Provides epidemiology, surveillance and statistical reports regarding population health for the City of Cleveland.
  • FASTATS: Provides quick access to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
  • Global Health Observatory Data (World Health Organization): Provides access to country data and statistics with a focus on comparable estimates.
  • Health Statistics (Ohio Department of Health)
  • Health, United States (National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): Presents national trends in health statistics on such topics as birth and death rates, infant mortality, and life expectancy.
  • Stats of the States (Centers for Disease Control)
  • State Health Facts (Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation): Provides health data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the United States, counties, territories, and other geographies.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) Countries Information: Includes health profiles for each country with information such as per capita expenditure on health and life expectancy.

Library Resources

Michael Schwartz Library, Cleveland State University

Cleveland Public Library (CPL)

Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL)

  • Research Resources: Click on the Health Tab. Includes databases. Resources may require a CPL card and pin number.