There are many internet sites that are very useful sources of medical information for both patients and professionals. It would be useful if ganfyd users could list resources that they find useful here. The internet is dynamic and we have noted over the years that it is impossible to keep up, but at least a wiki allows updates by registered users. As history can be instructive we have noted wiki type medical projects that have failed at failed medical wikis.
Internet resources primarily for medical professionals
General medical information websites
- ATTRACT is a useful way to get questions answered. EBM for busy Welsh GPs.
- NLH Q&A Service is a newer version of ATTRACT, but for English GPs.
- Best Bets
- Clinical Evidence (BMJ publishing)
- Cochrane Database
Health protection websites
- Medpedia A commercial medical wiki with many similarities to GANFYD including author control but with several more features and content is more American and patient orientated. Founded 4 years later its home page as 2012 also has a Leonardo Di Vinci drawing. There are some contributions from GANFYD authors.
- A US medical encyclopedia
- Wikipedia's medical portal
- The FLUwiki , (or the UK page at that site).
e-mail discussion lists
- GP-UK The academic ("for certain values of "academic"") discussion list run through the JISCmail server is a long-standing discussion list with a community about it, predominantly focussing on general practice.
- Vaccimmuk exists "primarily to provide a forum for UK vaccination and immunisation coordinators and practitioners to discuss issues relating to vaccination and immunisation policy and practice in the UK. The group is a closed group, primarily for professionals involved in immunisation in the UK, whether at the level of research, policy development, or immunising patients. It also welcomes professionals in other countries who wish to learn from our experience, and/or to share their experience with us. Members must be willing to state clearly who they are."
- CCDC-UK "is a closed group, primarily for Consultants in Communicable Disease Control, and others who have a similar interest in communicable disease control in the UK. It also welcomes professionals with a similar role in other countries who wish to learn from our experience, and/or to share their experience with us. Members must be willing to state clearly who they are."
Internet resources primarily for medical patients
Many patients will be interested in and able to use many of the websites above.
There are also websites that have been established for patients to share their experience of medical care, and/or to obtain information, or information leaflets, about their condition. There are so many of these that only a limited sample can be mentioned here.
Sites for patients to obtain information
- Links to NHS Direct web sites.
Sites for sharing patient experiences
- Dipex org
- "Patient Opinion is all about enabling patients to share their experiences of health care, and by doing so help other patients — and perhaps even change the NHS" (site established by Sheffield GP Paul Hodgkin). The site's owners aspire to improving the NHS, and aim was to get PCTs and Trusts to subscribe to the site, respond online, etc.
Other resources that may be of interest to doctors
- DoNotLink this website provides a way to link to sites that you may want to bring to people's attention, but which you do not wish to promote in the process.