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This subject covers: the area of study usually concerned with relationships between need, demand, supply, use, and outcome of health services.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Search MEDLINE databases for journal articles in the health sciences. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.

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Covers the most of the sciences, including veterinary medicine and zoology. Provides bibliographic citations, plus author abstracts "for approximately 70% of the articles in the database." Each citation also includes a list of references cited in the source article. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or a specific earlier work. Indexes articles, reviews, letters, etc. from over "8,850 major journals across 150 scientific disciplines." Impact factors for many journals is also available. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.

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General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

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Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search for books, conference proceedings, journals, maps, videos, and other items in our collection.

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General Reference Sources


Introduction to cost-effectiveness -- Principles of cost-effectiveness analysis -- Developing a research project -- Working with costs -- Probabilities and models -- Calculating life expectancy -- Working with health-related quality-of-life measures -- Calculating QALYS -- Conducting a sensitivity analysis -- Preparing your study for publication -- Working with data -- Finding the data you need.

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Part I: Introduction: 1: Evidence-based Health Research. Part II: 2: Descriptive statistics part 1: levels of measurement and measures of central tendency. 3: Descriptive statistics part 2: measures of dispersion. 4: Measures of association for categorical outcomes. 5: Measures of association for continuous outcomes. 6 Confounding, effect modification, mediation and causal inference. Part III: Critical appraisal of existing research. 7 Literature reviewing and database searching. 8: Randomised controlled trials. 9: Cohort studies. 10: Case-control studies. 11: Research ethics and management. Part IV: Conducting new research: 12 Dissemination and publication. 13: Linear regression for continuous outcomes. 14: Logistic regression for categorical outcomes. Appendices

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Part I Health Policy: Chapter 1: The Challenge of Health Care Delivery and Health Policy, Chapter 2: A Visual Overview of Health Care Delivery in the United States, Chapter 3: Government and Health Insurance: The Policy Process, Chapter 4: Comparative Health Systems. Part II: Keeping Americans Healthy: Chapter 5: Population Health, Chapter 6: Public Health: A Transformation for the 21st Century, Chapter 7: Health and Behavior, Chapter 8: Vulnerable Populations: A Tale of Two Nations. Part III: Medical Care: Treating Americans' Medical Problems: Chapter 9: Organization of Care, Chapter 10: The Health Workforce, Chapter 11: Health Care Financing, Chapter 12: Health Care Costs and Values, Chapter 13: High-Quality Health Care, Chapter 14 Managing and Governing Health Care Organizations, Chapter 15: Health Information Technology. Part IV: Futures: Chapter 16: The Future of Health Care Delivery and Health Care Policy. Appendix: Major Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010.

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Chapter 1: The IDEFICS Intervention Toolbox - A Guide to Successful Obesity Prevention at Community Level. Chapter 2: Testing the Assumptions of Stage of Change for Fruit and Vegetable Consumption: A Naturalistic Study. Chapter 3: Strategies for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in Rural Southern African American Communities. Chapter 4: Gender Differences in Food Choice and Dietary Intake in Modern Western Societies. Chapter 5: Iron Food Fortification for the Control of Childhood Anemia in Brazil. Chapter 6: Economic Stressors and Childhood Obesity: Differences by Child Age and Gender. Chapter 7: Critical Appraisal of Selected Body Composition Data Acquisition Techniques in Public Health. Chapter 8: Physical Activity, Inactivity, and Nutrition Behavior Among Children: Investigating Compensation and Transfer Effects. Chapter 9: U.S. Food Policy and Obesity. Chapter 10: Alcohol Consumption Among Adolescents in Estonia 1994 - 2010. Chapter 11: Public Health and Indigenous Australian Gambling: Risky Lifestyle or Harmless Recreation? Chapter 12: Self Medication, Drug Dependency and Self-Managed Health Care - A Review. Chapter 13: The Relationship Between Alcohol Consumption and Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection and Risk Behaviour: A Systematic Literature Review of High-Risk Groups, with a Focus on South Africa. Chapter 14: Challenges in Healthcare in Multi-Ethnic Societies: Communication as a Barrier to Achieving Health Equity. Chapter 15: Public Health Research and Action: Reflections on Challenges and Possibilities of Community-Based Participatory Research. Chapter 16: Nature Therapy and Preventive Medicine. Chapter 17: How Can the Empowerment Role of Public Health Nurses (PHNs) Be Fostered? A Review of an Exploratory Research Study Conducted in Ireland and Current Evidence. Chapter 18: Disseminating an Evidence-Based Disease Self-Management Program for Older Americans: Implications for Diversifying Participant Reach Through Delivery Site Adoption. Chapter 19: Strategy and Practice of Support for Families with Multiple Births Children: Combination of Evidence-Based Public Health (EBPH) and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Approach. Chapter 20: TB Contropl in Prisons. Chapter 21: Social Determinants of Health in Deaf Communities. Chapter 22: Anxiety and Emotional Discomfort in the School Environment: The Interplay of School Processes, Learning Strategies, and Children's Mental Health. Chapter 23: Re-Emergence of HIV Infection and Syphilis Among Men Who Have Sex with Men. Chapter 24: Gun Violence in the United States: A Public Health Epidemic. Chapter 25: The Public Health Intervention of Skin Care for All: Community Dermatology. Chapter 26: Addressing Asthma from a Public Health Perspective. Chapter 27: An Integrated Theoretical Framework to Describe Human Trafficking of Young Women and Girls for Involuntary Prostitution.

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Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

Introduction: the paradox of excess and deprivation -- Paying for health care -- Access to health care -- Reimbursing health care providers -- How health care in organized - I -- How health care is organized - II -- The health care workforce and the education of health professionals -- Painful versus painless cost control -- Mechanisms for control costs -- Quality of health care -- Prevention of illness -- Long-term care -- Medical ethics and rationing of health care -- Health care in four nations -- National health insurance -- Conflict and change in America's health care system -- Conclusion : tensions and challenges

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Web Sites

A variety of data and surveys covering health care costs and expenditures in the U.S.

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The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funds programs that improve the Nation's health by expanding access to comprehensive, quality health care for all Americans. HRSA works to improve and extend life for people living with HIV/AIDS, provide primary health care to medically underserved people, serve women and children through state programs, and train a health workforce that is both diverse and motivated to work in underserved communities.

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Societies, Agencies, and Organizations

Official Agency & Organization Websites

A federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services responsible for Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA).

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Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

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Style Manuals

Includes recommended citation format styles for journals, books, conference publications, patents, audio visuals, electronic information, maps, legal materials, newspaper articles, bibliographies, dissertations, and scientific reports. "Internet formats" supplement available at

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Writing Guides

The book helps scientists write papers for scientific journals. Using the key parts of typical scientific papers (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Visuals, Structure, and Conclusions), it shows through numerous examples, how to achieve the essential qualities required in scientific writing, namely being clear, concise, convincing, fluid, interesting, and organized.

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Library Information

Bio-Medical Library

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