Consumer Health Resource Library

Consumer Health Resource Library

The Consumer Health Resource Center in the Saint Francis Medical Library is open to the public and welcomes patients and members of the community at large. The consumer health collection focuses on health and wellness, patient education, and general health care topics. There are a wide variety of consumer health books available, as well as numerous health brochures and fact sheets. Spanish materials are available and other languages are available upon request. Two public access computers are available for health research. Consumer Health DVDs are available for use in the Resource Center.

Funded by the Verizon Foundation.

Reference assistance is available.
Phone 302.421.4834

The Consumer Health Resource Center is located in the hospital, around the corner from VIP hallway, across from Medical Records. Suite 211 in MOB.

Super Health Websites

MedlinePlus is for anyone with a medical question. Receive accurate, current medical information in English or Spanish. Links to 7 medical dictionaries/glossaries, 3 lists of medical dictionaries, more than 30 clearinghouses, 50+ associations, more than 25 databases and over 25 Consumer Health Libraries.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC provides credible information to enhance health decisions and promotes health through strong partnerships with state health departments and other organizations.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
NIH is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. Includes 27 government institutes and links including AIDS and Women’s Health.

New York Online Access to Health (NOAH)
NOAH offers comprehensive coverage of health topics with links to full-text. Topics include definitions, care and treatment, and lists of information resources. Bilingual resources available.

Healthfinder is an award-winning federal website for consumers. It is a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information; links to carefully selected information and websites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.

Alternative Medicine

National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
NCCAM is the lead federal agency for scientific research on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

Alternative Medicine Foundation
Alternative Medicine Foundation offers evidence-based information on the integration of alternative and conventional medicine.

Cancer Resources

National Cancer Institute
Links to cancer information, in English and Spanish. Includes clinical trials database; treatment, screening, prevention, and supportive care information summaries; statistics; CANCERLIT literature database; information on research programs and funding.

American Cancer Society
Information for patients and families on diagnosis and treatment, cancer prevention, alternative treatments, links to other cancer resources. Spanish and Asian language publications are available. Links to resources and ACS activities in your local community.

Heart Disease & Stroke

American Heart Association
Heart disease and stroke treatment and recovery, risk assessment, prevention, exercise, nutrition, and the “Heart and Stroke A-Z Guide.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Information on heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, obesity, exercise, and cholesterol. Some publications available in Spanish. Information for African-Americans.


American Diabetes Association
Basic diabetes information plus advice on nutrition, weight loss and exercise; legal resources & community programs.

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse
A-Z list of diabetes topics and titles.

Drugs, Prescriptions, OTC

Drug InfoNet
A variety of health-related topics. Information ranging from pamphlets to manufacturers’ websites. Search by brand name, manufacturer, or generic name.

Health Square Drugs and Medicines
Comprehensive information about more than 1,000 prescription medications, including drug interactions. Data is supplied by the PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs.

Nutrition Resources

American Dietetic Association
Healthy lifestyle and nutrition tips.

USDA Food Guide Pyramid
A research-based food guidance system—it goes beyond the ‘basic four food groups

Spanish and Foreign Language

Institutos Nacionales de la Salud
Consumer information from the National Library of Medicine.