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NLM 4 Caregivers

About NLM 4 Caregivers

  • In March 2011, the National Library of Medicine initiated a pilot project to learn more about social media as a viable option for health information delivery to family caregivers. This pilot project became NLM 4 Caregivers.

    NLM 4 Caregivers was designed to increase awareness of NLM resources among caregivers who actively seek health information online using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and listservs for discussing and exploring health issues.

    The NLM understands that family caregivers are problem solvers embedded within multiple social networks. Therefore, NLM 4 Caregivers tailored health information to those social networks. These included groups that support family caregivers, individuals who act as health information gatekeepers for their family and social networks, as well as the hands-on family caregivers themselves.

    All NLM 4 Caregiver social media accounts will be retired after January 2018.

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NLM Resources for Caregivers

  • ClinicalTrials.gov
    Offers up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions

  • DailyMed
    Provides health information providers and the public with a current resource of medication content and FDA labeling as found in medication package inserts

  • Drug Information Portal
    Portal to current drug information from NLM and other Federal agencies. Includes a general summary of consumer health information about the drug, how the drug may affect the liver, the manufacturer's drug label, clinical trials related to the drug, and references to the drug in scientific and toxicological journals, as well as additional resources

  • Genetics Home Reference™
    A guide to understanding genetic conditions, including more than 1,200 health conditions, diseases, and syndromes

  • Household Products Database
    Links over 18,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by the manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients

  • LactMed
    Is a peer-reviewed and fully referenced database of drugs to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed. Among the data included are maternal and infant levels of drugs, possible effects on breastfed infants and on lactation, and alternate drugs to consider

  • LiverTox
    Provides information on diagnosis, cause, and management of liver injuries caused by prescription and nonprescription drugs, herbal and dietary supplements

  • MedlinePlus
    Is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free
    MedlinePlus is also available in Spanish.

  • Information for Caregivers on MedlinePlus
    Find links to information on health issues important to caregivers, research articles, clinical trials, find an expert, or access handouts related to caregiving

  • Seniors' Health Information on MedlinePlus
    Find links to information on health issues important to older adults, research articles, clinical trials, health check tools, videos, and find an expert

  • MedlinePlus Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
    Includes side effects, dosage, and more about your prescription drugs and over the counter medicines. You can also browse dietary supplements and herbal remedies to learn about their effectiveness, usual dosage, and drug interactions

  • MedlinePlus Lab Test Information
    Learn about your laboratory tests, including what the lab test is used for, why your doctor ordered it, how the test will feel, and what the results may mean

  • Multi-Cultural Resources for Health Information
    Culturally and linguistically appropriate health information and resources for diverse communities

  • Pillbox
    Combines high-resolution images of tablets and capsules with appearance information (imprint, shape, color, etc.) to enable caregivers to visually search for and identify an unknown pill

  • PubMed®MEDLINE®
    Bibliographic database comprised of millions of citations from biomedical literature, life sciences journals and online books

  • PubMed Health
    Reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries and full technical reports

  • Web-based Training Resources
    Learning Resources Database - Animated tours, tutorials and other online training material

    MedlinePlus Tutorials for Caregivers Videos

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Other Health Resources for Caregivers


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