Medicine and Health Sciences Subject Guide



Online subject resources

There are a vast number of sites with material of interest to medicine and health sciences students; the individual sites below are a very small selection of what is available. Most of the resources below are freely available on the internet. In addition, the Library subscribes to a vast range of e-resources: see other pages within this guide for subscription e-books, bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Subject gateways - health and medicine

  • peer led internet resource for UK doctors (GMC membership number required for registration)
  • HON (Health On the Net): not for profit international Swiss initiative to make quality guidance about medical treatments and health information available to patients and public
  • Healthfinder: US Government version of HON
  • Martindale's Virtual Nursing Center: index of internet nursing resources
  • Medscape Today: registration required (free) for extra features
  • NLH (National Library for Health): the NHS electronic library provides NHS staff with the essential information resources needed to carry out their work, and is part of a further drive by the health service to support professional development
  • RXList: internet drug index
  • WWW - Medicine & Health Virtual Library: internet directory
  • WWW - Pharmacy Virtual Library: directory of pharmaceutical resources

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Clinical audit/governance



Evidence-based medicine

Centres and Units

Journals and bulletins

Critically appraised topics (CATs), question answering services, and summaries of evidence

  • ARIF (Aggressive Research Intelligence Facility): provides digests of the best available evidence on common primary care health topics in order to support regional NHS decision making for the West Midlands
  • Best Health: clinical evidence for patients (subscription needed)
  • Clinical Evidence: summaries of evidence on common health topics (subscription needed)


Health management


Health promotion

  • Care Quality Commission: overall remit for improving healthcare standards through quality audit, patient information and complaints investigation
  • Public Health Agency: Northern Ireland's coordinating agency for health promotion
  • NHS Health Scotland: Special Health Board with the remit for promoting and improving health, and reducing health inequalities


Palliative care


Patient information



Practice guidelines and health technology assessments

Practice guidelines

See individual professional organisations for more guidelines, particularly those that deal with specific medical specialties.

Health technology assessments



Public health and health services research



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