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When you want to buy a car, you can test-drive a variety of vehicles before you make your choice. When you need a new pair of jeans, you can try on styles by various designers in pursuit of that perfect fit. But when you have a health problem that cannot be ignored, you can’t give hospitals or doctors a similar trial run. How do you choose which is best to treat your specific ailment?

The answer, of course, is complex. Once you’ve found out which professionals and institutions are covered by your healthcare plan, it’s not uncommon to ask friends or family members for referrals. But while word of mouth is undeniably valuable, more comprehensive “referral” resources do exist—and may make all the difference in your quality of treatment.

Say you live in the Chicago metropolitan area, and traveling for the best locally available care is not an issue. Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the United States Department of Health & Human Services and other members of the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA). Here, users will find a wealth of information submitted by hospitals—cold, hard facts on hospital quality, procedure by procedure and hospital by hospital. The site presents accumulated data from hospitals on an aggregate of procedures and allows users to view side-by-side comparisons of hospitals.

In addition to such objective data, the CMS site (cms.hhs.gov) also includes the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Health Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), a national, standardized survey of hospital patients. The survey covers 18 substantive items that encompass critical aspects of the hospital experience including communication with doctors, communication with nurses, responsiveness of hospital staff, cleanliness and quietness of hospital environment, pain management, communication.

Below is a list of online resources:

Aging

AARP

Administration for Community Living

Eldercare Directory

Health in Aging

HHS.gov: Aging

National Council on Aging

Senior Citizens Bureau

 

Allergies and Asthma

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Chicago Family Asthma

FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education)

Kids with Food Allergies

Pollen

Alternative Medicine

Alternative Medicine Magazine

MedFinds

National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health

WholeHealth Chicago

Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Mayo Clinic

Terra Vista

Arthritis

American Hip Institute

Arthritis.com

Arthritis Foundation

Chicago Holistic Medicine

CreakyJoints

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

OrthoInfo

 

Autism

Autism Society

Autism Speaks

EatRight.org: Nutrition for Children with Autism

Education.com: 10 Fun Activities for Children with Autism

Indiana Resource Center for Autism

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

 

Back Pain

Back.com

Mayo Clinic

OrthoInfo

Spine-health

 

Cancer

American Association for Cancer Research

American Cancer Society

CancerCare

Cancer.net

Cancer Wellness Center

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Chicago Area Cancer Care

Cord Blood Guide

Cure

Mayo Clinic

National Cancer Institute

Dermatology

American Academy of Dermatology

American Board of Dermatology

American Diabetes Association

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology

DermWeb

Direct Dermatology

Skinsight


Diabetes

American Diabetes Association

American Heart Association

CDC

Diabetes Research Institute

International Diabetes Federation

Link for Life

 

Eating Disorders

Bulimia.com

Eating Disorder Hope

Mindfullness

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders

National Eating Disorders Association

PsyCom

 

End of Life Decisions

American Psychological Association

Begin the Conversation

The Conversation Project

Family Caregiver Alliance

Final Road Map

Get Palliative Care

Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization

Practitioner Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment

 

Eye Care

All About Vision

BrightFocus Foundation

Eye Health Web

EyeSmart

Lighthouse Guild

National Eye Institute

 

Grief Counseling

Barr Harris Children’s Grief Center

Center for Grief Counseling and Therapeutic Services

GoodTherapy.org

Hello Grief

Urban Balance

Wildflower Center for Emotional Health

 

Health Insurance

AARP

eHealth

HealthInsurance.org

MIB

USA.gov

 

Heart Disease

American Heart Association

Johns Hopkins Heart & Vascular Institute: Depression and Heart Disease

Million Hearts

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: What is a Heart Attack?

World Heart Federation

 

Hematology

American Board of Internal Medicine

American Red Cross

American Society of Hematology

European Hematology Association

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute

HIV/AIDS

AIDS.gov

AIDSinfo

Gay Men’s Health Crisis

Healthvana: Free Testing Clinic Search

Planned Parenthood

POZ: Health Services Directory

Unified

 

Mental Health

Erasing the Distance

Internet Mental Health

Mental Health America of the Heartland

MentalHealth.gov

Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago

National Institute of Mental Health

 

Neurology

American Academy of Neurology

Four Peaks Neurology

Medscape

Neurology.org

 

Nutrition

FDA

Livestrong

United States Department of Agriculture

Nutrition.gov

USDA: Choose My Plate

 

Obesity

Alliance for a Healthier Generation

Food Research & Action Center

Obesity Action Coalition

Obesity Society

PublicHealth

State of Obesity

 

Oral Health

ADA: MouthHealthy

American Dental Association

Oral Health America

Partnership for Healthy Mouths Healthy Lives

Tooth Wisdom: Health Resources for Older Adults

 

Orthopedics

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

eOrthopod

Orthogate

OrthoInfo

Orthopaedic Web Links

Physical Therapy Haven

 

Osteoporosis

International Osteoporosis Foundation

National Institute of Health

National Osteoporosis Foundation

WebMD: Osteoporosis

 

Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Board of Pediatrics

Healthy Children

FDA: Pediatrics

Medscape

Patient Advocate Foundation

 

Pharmaceutical

Consumer Dangers

Drug Lawsuit Source

DrugNews

DrugWatch

FDA

NeedyMeds

PhRMA

RX Dangers

RxList

World Health Organization

 

Plastic Surgery

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

American Board of Cosmetic Surgery

American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Medline Plus

Smart Beauty Guide

 

Podiatry

American Academy of Family Physicians

Foot.com

Foot Health Facts

Pulmonary

COPD Foundation

COPDGene

Mayo Clinic

MedicineNet

PHCentral

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

WebMD: Pulmonary Embolism

 

Rape Victim Support

After Silence

Healthy Place

Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network

Rape Victim Advocates

Safe Horizon

Victim Support

 

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

American Sexual Health Association

CDC

Healthvana: Free Clinic Look-Up

Planned Parenthood

Sleeping Disorders

HelpGuide

Medline Plus

National Sleep Foundation

Northwestern Medicine: Sleep Disorders Center

Rush University Medical Center: Sleep Disorders Service and Resource Center

WebMD

 

Smoking Cessation

American Cancer Society

American Lung Association

Illinois Tobacco Quitline

QuitOnce

Quit Smoking Community

Respiratory Health Association: Courage to Quit

SmokeFree.gov

 

Sports Medicine

American College of Sports Medicine

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 

Chicago Primary Care Sports Medicine

Illinois High School Association: Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine Information

Sports Medicine Online

 

Stress

American Heart Association

American Institute of Stress

American Psychological Association

HelpGuide

National Institute of Mental Health

PsychCentral

WebMD

Substance Abuse

Addiction Center

Discovery Place

HealthLine

Lakeview Health

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

 

Suicide

Alliance of Help for Suicide Loss Survivors

International Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Your Life Your Voice

 

Veterans Resources

Real Warriors

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans Coming Home

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Resource Centers of America

Veterans Resources

 

Women’s Health

CDC

Chicago Women’s Health Center

Chicago Women’s Health Group

The Feminist Women’s Health Centers of California

Healthy Women

Mayo Clinic

MedicineNet

Medline Plus

Planned Parenthood

UNC Healthcare: Women’s Health Information Center

WomensHealth.gov

 



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