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Resources for Health Care Providers

Health care resources are defined as all materials, personnel, facilities, funds, and anything else that can be used for providing health care services. Health care has long been a limited resource for which there has been an unlimited demand; everyone needs health care.

Classification of medical resources and Internet services

Conditionally, health care resources can be divided into several main areas:

  • Medical consultations. The bottom line is that a certain number of doctors of different specializations are registered on the pages of the Internet resource. Registration means that the organizers of the site check the documents on the professional suitability of a particular specialist and only then add him or her to the appropriate list. The site visitor can view the list of specialists, get acquainted with the description of their professional activities (experience, degree, practice in various medical institutions, etc.) and ask him or her questions by e-mail;
  • Medical profile electronic stores. This service is practically no different from any other electronic store, except for the specifics of the product. Electronic pharmacies are also widespread. Often using such a site, the buyer has the opportunity to find the pharmacy closest to his or her home, get information about medicines or order home delivery by courier;
  • Help resources. These kinds of resources help visitors to get information about various medical and preventive institutions (clinics, hospitals, etc.), information about various types of medical and social services (care, rehabilitation, prosthetics, etc.), information about the relevant companies. etc.;
  • Professional resources. Such resources cover the issues of medical education, distance medical education programs, contain bases of scientific papers and dissertations, literary reviews for researchers, medical reference books, etc.;
  • Popular science online medical journals. Science online medical journals collect articles, advice, ratings of medical centers, individual areas; give advertisements for medical services; promote a healthy lifestyle; there are interactive discussions;
  • Socially oriented resources. This class includes resources on social and preventive advertising on the Internet, for example, on the prevention of HIV infection, etc. This group also includes Internet schools (clubs, circles, etc.) to maintain health, aimed primarily at people with chronic diseases: bronchial asthma, diabetes mellitus, disorders of the musculoskeletal system, etc.).

This list can be continued (for example, to allocate business resources for medicine in a separate class), but we will stop at this and draw your attention to the fact that many sites in pursuit of a mass visitor are trying to make a site on the principle of “all-in-one “. Usually, such sites focus on the most pressing issues for a wide range of people interested in their health, and at the same time, trying to embrace the immensity, provide information in one volume or another for more highly specialized groups of consumers.

Top Online Health Care Resources

  • International Cochrane Collaboration (http://www.cochrane.org)
  • Cochrane Library https://www.cochranelibrary.com/. The Cochrane Library is the most advanced electronic database to date for skilled medical practice.
  • Clinical Evidence (https://www.bmj.com/specialties/clinical-evidence)
  • Best Evidence is one of the best evidence-based medicine databases containing detailed abstracts and full-text versions of systematic reviews with high quality methodology (http://www.bestevidence.com)
  • PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed). A universal system designed to search for data in the Medline database, an electronic resource of the US National Library of Medicine, containing abstracts of various journals since 1966. Has filters that allow you to narrow your search criteria by key parameters
  • UpToDate (https://www.wolterskluwer.com/en/solutions/uptodate). It is an extensive training database updated every 4 months. Unlike the Cochrane Library, it contains a lot of useful information.
  • British Medical Journal (http://www.bmj.com) presents the results of systematic reviews, randomized controlled trials and uncontrolled studies on the treatment of the most common clinical diseases or conditions
  • The New England Journal of Medicine (http://www.nejm.org/) – One of the most authoritative sources of medical information. Contains a collection of articles on various topics
  • Annals of Internal Medicine (https://www.acpjournals.org/journal/aim) – provides free access to all articles 6 months after their publication, as well as clinical guidelines
  • The Lancet (https://www.thelancet.com/)
  • Center for Evidence based medicine (https://www.cebm.net/) – the site of the Center for Evidence Based Medicine (Oxford) hosts materials from leading medical journals, educational materials on evidence-based medicine,
  • Clinical practice guidelines (https://www.ahrq.gov/gam/index.html) is a database of clinical guidelines created at the initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) – the American Agency for Healthcare Research and Evaluation services, cost of medical services, patient safety, assessment of the technical base of medical institutions, etc.)
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (http://www.nice.org.uk/, http://guidance.nice.org.uk) – the database of clinical guidelines of the UK National Institute for Health and Quality of Care
  • Medscape (https://www.medscape.com/)
  • MD Consult (http://mdconsult.com/)
  • HINARI System (https://www.who.int/hinari/en/) – provides free access to over 7,000 medical journals
  • US National Library of Medicine database – “Medline” (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/)