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Long-Term Care Administration: Websites

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Using Websites

ANYONE can put information on the Internet. As a health care provider, you must carefully select and evaluate medical/health information before using it to treat patients or letting it influence how you perform your duties.

Use the evaluating sources section of this guide to help you determine the credibility of Web sites. A great final test is to ask yourself, "Would I want myself or someone that I care deeply about to be treated based on this information?" If the answer is "no," don't include such non-credible information in your academic projects either!

 

Community Resources

Community Assessment Resources

CDC: National Center for Health Statistics: Illinois

City Health Dashboard
Provides communities and city leaders with an array of regularly updated data specific to neighborhood and/or city boundaries – such as life expectancy, obesity, and children in poverty -- to improve the health and well-being of everyone in the community. Search by city or state (for example, Wheaton and Naperville are some of the cities represented from Illinois)

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
The CHR&R program provides data, evidence, guidance, and examples to build awareness of the multiple factors that influence health and support community leaders working to improve health and increase health equity. The Rankings measure the health of nearly every county in all 50 states, and are complemented by guidance, tools, and resources. CHR&R translates and communicates complex data and evidence-based policy into accessible models, reports, and products that deepen the understanding of what makes communities healthy and inspires and supports improvement efforts. Search by State, County, or ZIP Code (e.g. DuPage, Illinois)

Impact DuPage
The Impact DuPage website is intended to help community members and policymakers learn about the health of the community. The website is funded by the DuPage County Health Department. It provides local health data, resources, best practices, news articles and information about community events. In keeping with the Impact DuPage mission and values, the site provides balanced information on a broad range of topics affecting the health and well-being of our community and highlights local assets.

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF): State Health Facts
Provides free, up-to-date, and easy-to-use health data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the United States. In some cases, data are available for counties, territories, and other geographies. State Health Facts is comprised of more than 800 health indicators and provides users with the ability to map, rank, trend, and download data.

General Medical Information Websites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC.gov provides users with credible, reliable health information on topics such as: data and statistics; diseases and conditions; emergencies and disasters; environmental health; healthy living; injury, violence and safety; life stages and populations; travelers' health; workplace safety and health; and much more. This site contains information appropriate for adults, teens and kids

MEDLINEplus
Provides access to 900+ health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians, health and information in Spanish and other languages. Includes listings of diseases & conditions by body system.

MedScape Reference
An online clinical reference providing in-depth drug & disease information and tools to support clinical decision making. Content is designed for practicing medical professionals and includes diagnostic medical images. Free Registration to MedScape is required. To quickly locate information on a disease or condition, try Googling the word emedicine and your disease/condition (i.e. emedicine pertussis). Once you access the article, login for full content.

Kidshealth
Created by The Nemours Foundation's Center for Children's Health Media, this site offers families accurate, up-to-date, easy-to-understand health information. It has separate content areas for kids, teens, and parents written in an age-specific style

LTCA Resources

The following websites have been recommended by faculty and the health science librarian as useful for student assignments and professional practice.

 

The largest professional association representing the interests of chronically ill, disabled, and dying Americans of all ages and the caregivers who provide them with in-home health and hospice services

  • U.S. Department of Labor
    Fosters, promotes, and develops the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improves working conditions; advances opportunities for profitable employment; and assures work-related benefits and rights
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