Online resources for patient education
Each patient plays an important role in our team-based healthcare approach to the delivery of healthcare services. To be involved in your care it is important for you to have a good understanding of your healthcare problem and be active in your own care. Below are some excellent websites that provide patient educational materials for many health conditions to help you better understand your health problem, as well as learn ways to prevent or control your health issues.
Community Health Association of Mountains/Plains States (CHAMPS)
This website contains handouts, most in both English and Spanish, on common health issues. Each handout describes the symptoms, how to treat the problem, and when to contact your doctor.
Family Doctor- American Academy of Family Physicians
This website has handouts on many common health topics, in English. The handouts explain what the problem is, its symptoms, causes and risk factors, and treatment.
MedlinePlus – Easy-to-Read – United States National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health
This public website contains educational handouts on hundreds of medical conditions. Available in both English and Spanish, these handouts provide specific information about each health condition and its treatment, in understandable, everyday language.
National Center for Farmworker Health
This website has many patient educational handouts in both English and Spanish covering a variety of health topics. These handouts contain pictures and are especially geared toward people with very limited medical knowledge.
This is an excellent website from the University of Washington which talks about cross cultural health issues and has patient education handouts in many languages, including Amharic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese. In addition to these handouts, Ethnomed is a great resource that recognizes and respects patients from other cultures with different values and beliefs around health issues.
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
This website leads you to handouts for patients, in English, on many health topics. These handouts often have illustrations that can help in understanding the health issue.
Chronic Health Conditions
Learning About Diabetes
This website is one of the best sources for easy-to-read and colorful handouts on many topics of concern when dealing with diabetes. All documents are available in English and Spanish, and some are also available in Chinese.
NDEP – National Diabetes Education Program
This government website has patient health education information in many languages, on most issues about diabetes.
National Diabetes Information Clearing House – Easy-to-Read Publications
This website contains an A-Z list of topics and titles concerning all aspects of diabetes, in both English and Spanish.
Centers for Disease Control – High Blood Pressure Education Materials for Patients
This website has handouts and links to other sites for more information on cardiovascular disease and blood pressure. Most documents are English, but the site offers some resources in Spanish.
Hypertension Education Foundation, Inc.
This website are some patient educational pamphlets in English that can be downloaded and printed.
American Heart Association
One page, easy-to-read handouts in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese are provided on this website on issues related to high blood pressure.
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute – NHLBI
This website provides patient information on asthma, COPD, and other lung problems in English and some also in Spanish. Most documents are in an easy-to-read format.
Ohio State Wexner Medical Center – The Lung Center
This website has links to numerous patient education handouts on most lung problems, including tobacco cessation. In English only, but easy to read. Highly recommended.
MD Consult – Pulmonary Medicine Patient Handouts
The patient educational materials offered on this website are quite extensive, covering most common lung problems, how to treat them, and how to prevent them. Nearly all materials are in both English and Spanish and are at 6th grade reading level.
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology-ACAAI
This website has many excellent one-page educational handouts for patients covering many issues related to allergies, asthma, and the immune system. Most are in English and are written at an 8th grade reading level.
National Kidney and Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse
The patient education materials offered on this site are available in both English and Spanish.
National Kidney Disease Education Program
On this site are a collection of booklets containing important information for any patient who has been diagnosed with a problem with the kidneys. There are booklets in English and Spanish.
United States Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion
This website has many one-page patient educational handouts in both English and Spanish which provide about healthy eating to prevent illness and live well. Easy-to-read materials with important nutritional information most people do not know. Highly recommended.
You will find materials here to help you to avoid getting sick by practicing preventive health and keeping up-to-date with screening tests. Materials are only in English.
On this site one will find resources for healthy living and preventing disease, including nutrition, exercise, vaccinations, etc. An excellent source of one page educational handouts in English.
This is an excellent website from the University of Washington which talks about cross cultural health issues and has patient education handouts in many languages, including Amharic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, and Vietnamese. In addition to these handouts, Ethnomed is a great resource that recognizes and respects patients from other cultures who have different values and beliefs around health issues.
Preventative Health Information
This website has educational materials on maintaining good health as we age. The handouts are geared toward seniors trying to live healthy and prevent disease. All publications are in English.
This website is a great resource for all age groups, on the subject of vaccinations, who should get them and when to get them. Information is written in English.