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American Self-Help Clearinghouse (Online Self-Help Sourcebook)
The Self-Help Sourcebook Online is a searchable database that includes information on over 1,100+ national, international and demonstrational model self-help support groups, ideas for starting groups, and opportunities to link with others to develop needed new national or international groups.
Phone:  973/326-6789

Case Management Resource Guide (Online)
CMRG is a large database of healthcare providers, facilities, agencies, and organizations.

DoctorFinder through the American Medical Association (AMA)
DoctorFinder provides you with basic professional information on virtually every licensed physician in the United States. This database includes more than 690,000 doctors.

Driver Rehabilitation from the American Occupational Therapy Association
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ENURGI Clinical Caregiver Database
Enurgi is a web-based healthcare services company which connects families and patients in need with local, clinical caregivers across the country. ENURGI allows patients, family members and caregivers to independently manage the care process through on-line scheduling, messaging, referral and direct payment transactions.
FindaDoc provides free access to over 720,000 doctors in the U.S.

Find a federally-funded Health Center through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.

Find a Physical Therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)

Find a Social Worker through

Guide to Health Care Quality through the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Health and Medicine Reference Resources from

Hospital Compare: A Quality Health Care Tool
This tool provides information on how well hospitals care for all their adult patients relating to certain conditions or procedures. Information provided assists in comparing the quality of care hospitals provide.

Movement Disorder Treatment and Rehabilitation Directory (MDTRD)
MDTRD is an online public-access database of doctors in the United States who diagnose and treat patients with movement disorders.

National Self-Help Clearinghouse (not the Self-help Sourcebook)
The National Self-Help Clearinghouse is a not-for-profit organization that facilitates access to self-help groups and increases the awareness of the importance of mutual support.
Phone: 212/817-1822

What is a Physiatrist? Includes a searchable database of physicians specializing in rehabilitation medicine from the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Medicare, Medicaid, and long term care information

Centers for Medicare & Medcaid Services (CMS)
Listing of acronyms and glossary of terms

"Medicare and Medicaid: A Health Care Safety Net for People with Serious Disabilities and Chronic Conditions" - From

National Long Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center
An advocate for residents of nursing homes, board and care homes, and assisted living. Ombudsmen provides information about how to find a facility and what to do to get quality care.
State Ombudsman Listing:

Special Focus Facility (SFF) Initiative
Through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this listing contains information on poorly rated nursing homes.

"Understanding Changes in Prescription Drug Coverage for People with Disabilities on Medicare": A Project of Advancing Independence
A paper from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Toll Free: 877/696-6775
HHS Information and Hotline Directory

General health information
A service of the National Health Information Center, provides key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. 
iGuard is a free online service offering a way for users to easily find out about the safety of medicines that they have been prescribed. The site offers personalized alerts about important safety information for the drugs a user may be taking. iGuard also helps to communicate risk factors and future safety information as it emerges (i.e. RRS feeds).

MEDgle is an information and educational service which indicates the possibilities that exist for any given combination of symptoms. It is not a diagnostic or decision making tool.  ** Visually based, a good resource for persons with communication disorders. ** - Health Information from the National Library of Medicine
Fact sheets, guides, research, and Internet resources gathered by the librarians of the National Library of Medicine.

MedlinePlus: Evaluating Internet Health Information
A Tutorial From the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus: Go Local!
A service from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health finding local resources for health-related issues.

MedTerms Online Medical Dictionary
MedTerms™ online medical dictionary is the medical reference for, containing easy-to-understand explanations of over 16,000 medical terms.

Merck Manual (online)
An online health reference library.

The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
An information center concerned with physical activity and disability.
Toll Free: 800/900-8086 (V/TTY) Available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. CST
NCPAD Program Database:
NCPAD Parks Database:
NCPAD Personal Trainers Database:
NCPAD Factsheets on Exercise and Fitness:
NCPAD Exercise Program for Stroke Survivors (video):

National Health Information Center (NHIC)
NHIC is a health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.
Referral Specialist
Toll Free:  800/336-4797, 301/565-4167
A service of the National Health Information Center, provides key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet. 

National Women's Health Info Center (NWHIC)
The National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) is the most reliable and current information resource on women’s health today. NWHIC offers free women’s health information on more than 800 topics through their call center and web site.
Toll Free:  800/994-9662 (V), 888/220-5446 (TTY)
Information Specialists are available Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST

Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC)
OMH’s mission is to improve and protect the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will eliminate health disparities.  The OMHRC serves as an information and referral service on minority health issues for professionals, community groups, consumers and students.
Toll Free:  800/444-6472 search engine through Contemporary Surgery Online

WebMD provides valuable health information, tools for managing your health, and support to those who seek information.

Statistics, Guidelines, and Healthcare Research

CITING MEDICINE: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, 2nd Edition 2007
Provides a central, widely accessible, web-based repository for clinical study results in a reader-friendly, standardized format.
A database that provides information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers.  Information provided includes the trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations and phone numbers for more details.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
NCHS provides statistical information that guides the actions and policies to improve the health of the American people.
Toll Free:  866/441-6247, 301/458-4000

National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)
NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Contact Information:
"What's New Archive":

National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Toll Free: 888/346-3656, 301/594-5983

Official Disability Guidelines (ODG) Online
Toll Free:  800/488-5548, 760/753-9992