Summary: NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE service for health professionals and consumers. It links extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other reviewed sources of information on specific diseases and conditions.

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  1. Sheets L, Gavino A, Callaghan F, Fontelo P. Do language fluency and other socioeconomic factors influence the use of PubMed and MedlinePlus?. Appl Clin Inform. 2013;4:170-84 pubmed publisher
    Increased usage of MedlinePlus by Spanish-speakers was observed after introduction of MedlinePlus in Spanish...
  2. Warner D, Olney C, Wood F, Hansen L, Bowden V. High school peer tutors teach MedlinePlus: a model for Hispanic outreach. J Med Libr Assoc. 2005;93:243-52 pubmed
    The objective was to introduce the MedlinePlus Website to the predominantly Hispanic residents of the Lower Rio Grande Valley region of Texas by partnering with a health professions magnet high school (known as Med High)...
  3. Schloman B. MedlinePlus: key resource for both health consumers and health professionals. Online J Issues Nurs. 2006;11:9 pubmed
  4. Miller N. Analysis of user messages to J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:81-3 pubmed
  5. Fiszman M, Rindflesch T, Kilicoglu H. Summarization of an online medical encyclopedia. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2004;107:506-10 pubmed
    ..The conceptual condensate could be used as input to a text generator to produce a natural language summary for a given disorder topic. ..
  6. Coberly E, Boren S, Mittal M, Davis J, Scoville C, Chitima Matsiga R, et al. MedlinePlus-based health information prescriptions: a comparison of email vs paper delivery. Inform Prim Care. 2012;20:197-205 pubmed
    ..can be effectively integrated into clinic workflow, but compliance to visit health information sites such as MedlinePlus is limited...
  7. Volsky P, Baldassari C, Mushti S, Derkay C. Quality of Internet information in pediatric otolaryngology: a comparison of three most referenced websites. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2012;76:1312-6 pubmed publisher
    ..Wikipedia, eMedicine, and NLM/NIH MedlinePlus were the most referenced sources. For content accuracy, eMedicine scored highest (84%; p<0...
  8. Royall J, Lyon B. Sea-change or change challenge? Health information access in developing countries: The U.S. National Library of Medicine experience. Afr Health Sci. 2011;11:457-63 pubmed
    ..Information and technology are not static elements in the equation for better access. They must function together, creating a dialectic in which they transform and inform one another and those whom their combination touches. ..
  9. Keselman A, Browne A, Kaufman D. Consumer health information seeking as hypothesis testing. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2008;15:484-95 pubmed publisher
    ..understanding of a hypothetical scenario about a family member suffering from stable angina and then searched MedlinePlus consumer health information portal for information on the problem presented in the scenario...

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  1. Lau A, Coiera E. Impact of web searching and social feedback on consumer decision making: a prospective online experiment. J Med Internet Res. 2008;10:e2 pubmed publisher
    ..Subjects used a search engine that retrieved online documents from PubMed, MedlinePlus, and HealthInsite and answered a set of six questions (before and after use of the search engine) designed for ..
  2. Rankins J, Kirksey O, Bogan Y, Brown B. Impact of a low-intensity pedagogical model for integrating MedlinePlus exercises into middle school nutrition lessons. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:388-93 pubmed
    The research developed and pilot-tested MedlinePlus exercises in a diet-related chronic disease prevention (DCDP) middle school lesson unit called "Live...
  3. Hailemeskel B, Dutta A, Daftary M, Akiyode O, Ayuk Egbe P, Koomer A, et al. Campus-community pharmacy partnership to foster awareness and use of MedlinePlus. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2007;47:385-9 pubmed partnership to foster awareness and use of National Library of Medicine (NLM) databases, including MedlinePlus, among minority populations. Uncontrolled study with pretest and posttest...
  4. Olney C, Warner D, Reyna G, Wood F, Siegel E. MedlinePlus and the challenge of low health literacy: findings from the Colonias project. J Med Libr Assoc. 2007;95:31-9 pubmed promotoras were trained by a health information outreach team to search English and Spanish versions of MedlinePlus. These 15 promotoras submitted written examples on a weekly basis of the topics they helped residents explore ..
  5. Fomous C, Miller N. The role of National Library of Medicine web sites in newborn screening education. Ment Retard Dev Disabil Res Rev. 2006;12:305-12 pubmed
    ..These resources include MedlinePlus, Genetics Home Reference,, and PubMed...
  6. Mitchell J, Fun J, McCray A. Design of Genetics Home Reference: a new NLM consumer health resource. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2004;11:439-47 pubmed
    ..The Genetics Home Reference currently focuses on single gene or polygenic conditions that are also topics on MEDLINEplus, the National Library of Medicine's primary consumer health site...
  7. Smalligan R, Campbell E, Ismail H. Patient experiences with a survey of internal medicine patients. J Investig Med. 2008;56:1019-22 pubmed publisher
    ..Medicine in an effort to help patients find reliable health information free of commercial bias as the Web site The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the MedlinePlus...
  8. Deleger L, Merkel M, Zweigenbaum P. Translating medical terminologies through word alignment in parallel text corpora. J Biomed Inform. 2009;42:692-701 pubmed publisher
    ..corpus, we detected French translations of English terms from three terminologies-MeSH, SNOMED CT and the MedlinePlus Health Topics. We obtained respectively for each terminology 74.8%, 77.8% and 76...
  9. Laurent M, Vickers T. Seeking health information online: does Wikipedia matter?. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2009;16:471-9 pubmed publisher
    ..DESIGN The authors measured Wikipedia's ranking on general Internet search engines by entering keywords from MedlinePlus, NHS Direct Online, and the National Organization of Rare Diseases as queries into search engine optimization ..
  10. Olney C, Backus J, Klein L. Characteristics of project management at institutions sponsoring National Library of Medicine MedlinePlus Go Local. J Med Libr Assoc. 2010;98:65-72 pubmed publisher
    Through interviews with the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus Go Local collaborators, an evaluation team sought to identify process characteristics that are critical for long-term sustainability of Go Local projects and to ..
  11. Irwin J, THYVALIKAKATH T, Spallek H, Wali T, Kerr A, Schleyer T. English and Spanish oral cancer information on the internet: a pilot surface quality and content evaluation of oral cancer web sites. J Public Health Dent. 2011;71:106-16 pubmed
    ..The surface and quality of Spanish-language sites was low, possibly putting Hispanic populations at a disadvantage regarding oral cancer information on the Web. ..
  12. Bowden V, Wood F, Warner D, Olney C, Olivier E, Siegel E. Health information Hispanic outreach in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:180-9 pubmed
    ..The project included a needs assessment, four pilot projects, and focus groups on the use of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español...
  13. Marill J, Miller N, Kitendaugh P. The MedlinePlus public user interface: studies of design challenges and opportunities. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:30-40 pubmed
    ..modifying, and improving a major health information portal that serves over sixty million page views a month? MedlinePlus, the National Library of Medicine's (NLM's) consumer health Website, is examined...
  14. Wei W, Cronin R, Xu H, Lasko T, Bastarache L, Denny J. Development and evaluation of an ensemble resource linking medications to their indications. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013;20:954-61 pubmed publisher
    ..We processed four public medication resources, RxNorm, Side Effect Resource (SIDER) 2, MedlinePlus, and Wikipedia, to create MEDI...
  15. Plovnick R, Zeng Q. Reformulation of consumer health queries with professional terminology: a pilot study. J Med Internet Res. 2004;6:e27 pubmed
  16. Wu D, Hanauer D, Mei Q, Clark P, An L, Proulx J, et al. Assessing the readability of J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016;23:269-75 pubmed publisher
    ..obtain benchmarks, the authors also analyzed 2 other medical corpora: (1) all 955 Health Topics articles from MedlinePlus and (2) a random sample of 100,000 clinician notes retrieved from an electronic health records system intended ..
  17. Mitchell J, Fomous C, Fun J. Challenges and strategies of the Genetics Home Reference. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:336-42 pubmed
    ..Informatics strategies are key to effective management of a large and expanding body of genetics information. Feedback from formal and informal sources indicates increasing usage and favorable acceptance of GHR. ..
  18. Blake C, West D, Luo L, Marchionini G. Cataloging on-line health information: a content analysis of the NC Health Info portal. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2005;:56-60 pubmed
    ..In response to this need, the National Library of Medicine initiated the Go Local initiative, which extends MEDLINEplus by providing consumers with links to local health services, programs and providers. NC Health Info (www...
  19. Gaines J, Levy L, Cogdill K. Sharing MedlinePlus®/MEDLINE® for information literacy education (SMILE): a dental public health information project. Med Ref Serv Q. 2011;30:357-64 pubmed publisher
    ..practitioners gained information literacy skills and increased their knowledge about reliable sites such as blogs, PubMed®, and MedlinePlus®. This project fostered opportunities for expanded partnerships with public health personnel.