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Health Information


This guide will help you find information about health resources at Vancouver Public Library and in the community. Health encompasses multiple topics from drug related questions to physical and mental well being.

We have compiled a curated list of authoritative health materials to ensure you are receiving current and accurate health information. Please remember that the library can not diagnose or give medical advice. If you seek medical attention, visit your nearest doctor or dial 8-1-1 for  HealthLink, a free-of-charge provincial health information and advice phone line available in British Columbia.

A frequent user-need associated with health resources is quality & accuracy. With the advent of the internet, people are flocking to the web to search for answers to their personal health problems. And the library frequently receives this information query:

There is so much health information online.  Which sites will give me the most accurate information? How do I know if what I am reading is credible?

Start here:

Try Medline Plus.  for consumer health information from the US National Library of Medicine. This extensive site includes current health news, general health information by disease or body system, a medical encyclopedia and dictionary, useful anatomical diagrams and videos of surgical procedures.

Merck Manuals Consumer Version  is an excellent home health text that gives explanations of the causes, symptoms and treatment of disorders.

Mayo Clinic is another credible source for health information: Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group.  It employs more than 4,500 physicians and scientists and 58,400 administrative and allied health staff

And for Canadian content search the Public Health Agency of Canada for Information on diseases and chronic conditions, injury prevention, travel health, food safety, emergency preparedness, immunization, and statistics.

For more information check out the General Health page of this research guide  or contact the library at (604) 331-3603.