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PubMed Health is Now Available!

PubMed Health ( is a consumer health Web site produced by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). PubMed Health provides up-to-date information on diseases, conditions, injuries, drugs, supplements, treatment options, and healthy living, with a special focus on comparative effectiveness research from institutions around the world.

PubMed Health includes:

  • consumer guides summarizing comparative effectiveness research
  • fact sheets on diseases and conditions
  • information on drugs and supplements
  • encyclopedic overviews of health topics
  • links to external Web sites

Its content comes from the following sources:

  • Comparative Effectiveness Review Summary Guides for Consumers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • InformedHealthOnline: Fact Sheets and Research Summaries from the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG)
  • PubMed Clinical Q&A: NCBI summaries of comparative effectiveness drug reports
  • A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia
  • American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (AHFS) Consumer Medication Information

PubMed Health is updated as new content is provided from our partner organizations.

PubMed Health has a special focus on comparative effectiveness research, in particular that research which evaluates the available evidence of the benefits and harms of different treatment options for different groups of people. In Comparative Effectiveness Research, experts often synthesize the evidence from dozens, or even hundreds, of individual studies.

The PubMed Health consumer guides on comparative effectiveness research are intended to:

  • outline the known benefits and harms of different treatment options or prevention strategies
  • explain what is known—and what is not known—about new or emerging health-care tests or treatments
  • provide useful background on health conditions

PubMed Health can be accessed at

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