MEDLINEPLUS is an online information service produced by the United
States National Library of
Medicine . The service provides curated
consumer health information in English and Spanish. The site street
together information from the National Library of
Medicine (NLM), the
National Institutes of Health
National Institutes of Health (NIH), other U.S. government agencies,
and health-related organizations. There is also a site optimized for
display on mobile devices, in both English and Spanish. In 2015, about
400 million people from around the world used MedlinePlus. The
service is funded by the NLM and is free to users.
MedlinePlus provides encyclopedic information on health and drug
issues, and provides a directory of medical services. MedlinePlus
Connect links patients or providers in electronic health record (EHR)
systems to related
MedlinePlus information on conditions or
PubMed Health is another NLM site that offers consumer health
information, in addition to information for health professionals.
The National Library of
Medicine has long provided programs and
services for professional medical scientists and health care providers
MEDLINE and the various services that access it, such as
Entrez . By the 1990s, more members of the general public
were using these services as
Internet access became widespread. But
nonprofessional users could benefit from reliable health information
in a layperson-accessible format. The National Library of Medicine
MedlinePlus in October 1998, to provide a non-commercial
online service similar, for example, to the commercial
WebMD . In 2010
another NCBI service,
PubMed Health, complemented
offering curated consumer health information;
PubMed Health focuses
especially on finding information about clinical effectiveness of
MedlinePlus initially provided 22 health topics in English, which
expanded to almost 1000 health topics in English and Spanish, plus
links to health information in over 40 languages.
recognized by the
Medical Library Association for its role in
providing health information. The site scored 84 in the American
Customer Satisfaction Index for 2010.
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* ^ "ACSI Scores for U.S. Federal Government". The American
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