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Last Updated: Oct 26, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Health Literacy

Health literacy is “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand basic health information and services to make appropriate health decisions.” (Source: CDC)

This guide will provide you with the basics on:

      -Where to find quality health information online

      -How to evaluate health information found online

      -How to understand medical terminology

      -Where to find academic sources for research on health and medical topics

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Patient's Bill of Rights

Patient's Bill of Rights

(Credit: Gerard Huerta)

learn more about your rights with the new Patient's Bill of Rights


Medical Encyclopedia

The A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations. 


WolframAlpha Medical Dictionary


National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy


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