Patient Resources: Patient and Family Health Information Resources

Disclaimer

The content of this site is provided for general information purposes only. Please see the Terms of Use for more detail.

This information is only intended as a guide for patients to help find quality, credible information to inform their health care journey. If you have specific questions about your health, please speak to a physician or member of your healthcare team.

Services for Patients and Families

KRS provides targeted information services for patients and families, both online and at our library sites. Please note that some e-resources you find on this website may only be accessible to AHS or Covenant Health staff.

  • View this guide for high quality websites and resources in a variety of topic areas, and
  • Get in-person assistance with finding and using print and electronic health information at the following locations:

    Edmonton
    Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
    Kaye Edmonton Clinic

Red Deer

Calgary

Rockyview General Hospital
Tom Baker Cancer Centre

*Please note: due to the Covid-19 pandemic, physical libraries are currently closed to the public.*

Online Health Information Aid

There is a lot of health information available on the internet. The Online Health Information Aid is a friendly website that provides tips and resources on searching, evaluating, and using online health information.

Start with MyHealth.Alberta.ca

MyHealth.Alberta.ca

This site was built by the Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services to give Albertans one place to go for health information they can trust. Healthcare experts across the province make sure the information is correct, up to date, and written for people who live in Alberta.

You can find health topics and videos, patient care handouts, a healthcare locator to find local services, a symptom checker and much more.

 

Evaluating Online Health Information

Check the date

Look to see when the website was created or last updated. Health information should be up to date to make sure it is relevant and accurate. Even if the information has not changed, it should be regularly reviewed.

 

Check the author

Identify the author to determine if they have the necessary background, experience, or training to accurately discuss the topic. See How to Determine an Author’s Credibility for more information.

 

Look for the evidence: Is it true?  Don’t trust everything you read!

Health information should be based on facts rather than opinion, rumours, or personal stories. Authors and websites should clearly list their sources, so that you can check the information for yourself.

 

Understand the purpose

Read the “About Us” page to understand its purpose and who runs it; are they credible and unbiased? Be cautious of websites selling a product: this information may already be biased, as the goal is to make profit rather than present clear facts. (Often product claims are too good to be true.)
                       See “Fake News”, Lies and Propaganda: How to Sort Fact From Fiction.

 

Be critical of the details

Be skeptical of websites that look out-dated, contain broken links, or have spelling and grammar errors. Patient information should be written in plain language, making it easy to follow.

 

Protect your privacy

Be careful when sharing your personal information. Look for a privacy policy to find out how and why your information is being used, stored, or shared.

Alberta-Based Websites and AHS Resources

Canadian Websites and Resources

Other General Consumer Health Information Websites and International Resources