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Physical Therapy Assistant Research Guide

Health Science Textbooks and Medical Reference Books for Disease, Disorders & Conditions Research

Current Textbooks and Reference Books will provide you with medical background information on specific diseases, disorders and conditions.

Health & Medical Websites for General Medical Background Knowledge of a Disease, Disorder or Condition

In some instances, health and medical websites may be a reasonable resource for general medical background knowledge of a disease.

Sections of a site may provide:

  • etiology, incidence rates, pathology, signs/symptoms, prognosis, course of the disease, medical treatments, and precautions

Evaluating and Selecting Content from Health & Medical Websites for Professional Use

The Medical Library Association has four recommended Content Evaluation Guidelines for evaluating health information found on the Web:

  1. Site sponsorship
  2. Information currency
  3. Fact or Opinion
  4. Intended audience

Review the Guidelines for Evaluating Content and what you should know here.