When you have a health question, to whom do you go? If you want a reliable resource, Consumer Health Complete is an excellent and trustworthy database to find answers to your health needs. Covered subjects include mainstream medicine as well as perspectives on complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine.
This database is powered by EBSCOhost and offers over 570 full-text journals, over 240 full-text health reference books, over 2,600 full text health reports, nearly 500 medical images/diagrams, and nearly 250 animations with audio. It is like having access to a doctor 24/7 and within reach! It is not meant to replace your doctor, but it sure is handy to have this kind of support to answer your questions and to take to your doctor.
There are several ways to search within Consumer Health Complete. You can search within numerous resources all at once or individually. The types of resources include Evidence-Based Reports, Encyclopedias & Reference Books, Fact Sheet & Pamphlets, News & Magazines, Drug & Herb Information, Alternative opened Sources, Images & Diagrams, and Videos & Animations. Another method is to find the name of a disease, condition, injury or procedure; you can click on a letter to get your results. Thirdly, you can browse popular sources such as Yoga Journal, Fit Pregnancy, Healthy Recipes, What Nurses Know… PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), Prescription for Herbal Healing, and Parenting. Lastly, they provide a list of alphabetical topics that you can search.
They also offer a “Health Highlight,” that is the current topic that many people are experiencing at the time. When you click for more information, you get a page of information that looks like a LibGuide. It is full of the eight types of resources mentioned earlier that you can search individually or get the links all on one page. The topic at the time was “Flu” and each resource had one or more links that you could find more information about that topic.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 22 No. 2, Spring 2019.