Finding Consumer Health Materials in Spanish

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There are many authoritative agencies, organizations, and associations that are now providing bilingual information in Spanish and English. In the past, this page provided dozens of listings from associations, foundations, government organizations and more. However, long lists of links are difficult to maintain; what follows is a collection of government sites as a good starting point. Here are some tips for finding quality online health information in Spanish.

MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español
MedlinePlus is an essential resource for Spanish-language health information. From every page, an español button acts as a toggle to switch to the Spanish version of the page. There are over 900 Health Topic pages in Spanish; each of these pages will include links to authoritative organizations and information resources. Other resources in Spanish include the Drugs and Supplements databases, the Medical Encyclopedia, Interactive Tutorials, and selected content from authoritative sources. Search tip: English-speaking librarians can perform a search to find a Health Topic page or a medical encyclopedia entry, then he or she can toggle to the Spanish version. For Spanish speakers, the search can be performed on the MedlinePlus en español site using Spanish key words. Since MedlinePlus links to information from many quality organizations, starting here is a great way to discover resources in Spanish on just about any health topic.

Healthfinder en Español
An easy-to-use health information website from NIH with helpful tools and a health and wellness guide.

National Institutes of Health
Many of the NIH Institutes provide resources and publications for consumers in Spanish. One way to find materials is to identify the Institute or Center of interest by using this list Visit the individual Institute websites, and look for an espanol link, search for the term español within the site, or scroll through publications to see titles in Spanish. Some of the most popular NIH sites in Spanish are listed below.

National Cancer Institute
This site offers information on specific types of cancer for patients and health professionals including treatment, support, medication, and more.

National Institute on Aging
Information about medical conditions, healthy aging, staying physically active, and taking steps for health throughout the years.

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Booklets and other resources about diabetes, weight control, and kidney related diseases. The links below go directly to the specific topical sections.

National Institute of Mental Health
Mental health publications including in Spanish, including several that are easy to read.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
A list of publications on neurological disorders and stroke available online or to order in print.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Easy to read material covering a wide range of topics related to alcoholism.

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements
Consumer-focused facts sheets as well as other general guidelines for using supplements safely.

Additional Government Agencies and Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Provides a variety of patient safety and basic health information publications.

Centers for Disease Control
Up-to-date public health information on current health issues and disease prevention.

Food and Drug Administration Publications and Artículos en Español
Publications available on health topics and current alerts related to food and drugs.

Information about treatment, prevention and research for HIV/AIDS.

Provides information to use when choosing a Medicare plan.

National Women's Health Information Center
Health information for Spanish-speaking women including topics such as pregnancy, breast feeding, domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and more.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental health information available on a variety of topics such as air quality, saving energy costs, protecting one's health from environmental hazards and more.

Update Author:

Kelli Ham, Consumer Health Librarian, National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Southwest Region, Los Angeles, CA

Original Authors:

Lorna Springston, Director, Library Services, Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, IN

Marsha Sullivan, former Consumer Health Librarian, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, TX