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Practice Guidelines

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario - Best Practice Guidelines Canleaf.gif

Focus on nursing.

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In B.C., guidelines and protocols are developed under the direction of the Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee(GPAC), jointly sponsored by the B.C. Medical Association and the Ministry of Health Services.

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These guidelines are produced or endorsed in Canada by a national, provincial/territorial or regional medical or health organization, professional society, government agency or expert panel

National Guideline Clearinghouse

National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC), a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary

Provided by MedlinePlus

ADAM Health Illustrated Encyclopedia

Provided by MedlinePlus; the ADAM Health Illustrated Encyclopedia includes over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations.

Dictionary of Cancer Terms

From the National Cancer Institute.

Medical Library Association,"Deciphering Medspeak."

Developed by the American Medical Library Association to help translate common "medspeak" terms.

Indexes & Databases

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Established in 1978, CCOHS promotes the total well-being - physical, psychosocial and mental health - of working Canadians by providing information, training, education, management systems and solutions that support health, safety and wellness programs.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)

Indexes journals and report literature on education. Includes nursing education and school health.


National Library of Medicine's abstracts to journal articles in medicine, nursing, and other health sciences. This site was selected as a core resource for the Nurse Practitioner Program, Professor Gloria Joachim.


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Selected by Professor Pamela Ratner

Community Profiles Canleaf.gif

These profiles present community level information from the 2006 Census of Population. Users can search for an area of interest by a Province or Territory. Selected by Professor Pamela Ratner.

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Tables by subject: Health from Statistics Canada. Selected by Professor Pamela Ratner.

World Bank Group

Selected by Professor Pamela Ratner.



Free searching for abstracts. Fulltext for a fee. Covers these journals:

  • British Journal of Community Nursing
  • British Journal of Midwifery
  • British Journal of Nursing
  • International Journal of Palliative Nursing
  • Nurse Prescribing
  • Nursing and Residential Care
  • Practice Nursing

HighWire Press

Free searching for articles and many free fulltext articles. From Stanford University Library's HighWire Press.

Pubmed Central

Free searching for abstracts AND free fulltext. A subset of PubMed. This digital archive of life sciences journal literature is managed by the the United States National Library of Medicine.


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Red Book Online is a guide to community, social and government agencies and services across the Lower Mainland.

Confronting Chronic Neglect: The Education and Training of Health Professionals on Family Violence

Family violence affects more people than cancer, yet it is an issue that receives far less attention. Surprisingly, many assume that health professionals are deliberately turning a blind eye to this traumatic social problem. Selected for general reading by reference librarian, Lee Ann Bryant. bills itself as a digital library of authoritative medical information for all students of medicine. It is well organized by subject area and includes patient education and consumer health information.

Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America.

Selected for general reading by reference librarian, Lee Ann Bryant.

Improving the Quality of Long-Term Care.

Among the issues confronting America is long-term care for frail, older persons and others with chronic conditions and functional limitations that limit their ability to care for themselves. Selected for general reading by reference librarian, Lee Ann Bryant.

When Children Die: Improving Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Children and Their

The death of a child is a special sorrow. No matter the circumstances, a child_s death is a life-altering experience. Except for the child who dies suddenly and without forewarning, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel usually play a central role in the lives of children who die and their families. Selected for general reading by reference librarian, Lee Ann Bryant.

In the Nation's Compelling Interest: Ensuring Diversity in the Health Care Workforce.

The United States is rapidly transforming into one of the most racially and ethnically diverse nations in the world. Groups commonly referred to as minorities--including Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and Alaska Natives--are the fastest growing segments of the population and emerging as the nation_s majority. Despite the rapid growth of racial and ethnic minority groups, their representation among the nation_s health professionals has grown only modestly in the past 25 years. This alarming disparity has prompted the recent creation of initiatives to increase diversity in health professions. Selected for general reading by reference librarian, Lee Ann Bryant.

Keeping Patients Safe:Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses

A high volume of health care errors has recently been affirmed with firsthand knowledge of errors. It is estimated that as many as 98,000 hospitalized Americans die each year — not as a result of their illness or disease, but as a result of errors in their care.

Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? Educating Public Health Professionals for the the 21st Century.

Who Will Keep the Public Healthy? provides an overview of the past, present, and future of public health education, assessing its readiness to provide the training and education needed to prepare men and women to face 21st century challenges. Advocating an ecological approach to public health, the Institute of Medicine examines the role of public health schools and degree--granting programs, medical schools, nursing schools, and government agencies, as well as other institutions that foster public health education and leadership. Selected for general reading by reference librarian, Lee Ann Bryant.

Patient Safety: Achieving a New Standard for Care.

Selected for general reading by reference librarian, Lee Ann Bryant

Merck Manual - Home Edition

Based on The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. The Home Edition transforms the language of the professionals' version into commonly used English.

Meeting Psychosocial Needs of Women with Breast Cancer.

In Meeting Psychosocial Needs of Women with Breast Cancer, the National Cancer Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine examines the psychosocial consequences of the cancer experience. The book focuses specifically on breast cancer in women because this group has the largest survivor population (over 2 million) and this disease is the most extensively studied cancer from the standpoint of psychosocial effects. Selected for general reading by reference librarian, Lee Ann Bryant

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy covers all the subjects expected in a textbook of internal medicine as well as detailed information on pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics, gynecology, dermatology, pharmacology,ophthalmology, otolaryngology, and a number of special subjects.

Gray's Anatomy

The edition of Gray_s Anatomy of the Human Body features 1,247 vibrant engravings_many in color_from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries

National Academy Press - ebooks

National Academy Press publishes over 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy.

Merck Manual of Geriatrics

Covers a range of topics in geriatrics from the basics of geriatric care through specific disorders.

Merck Home Health Handbook - for patients and caregivers

Merck Manual of Medical Information. The Second Home Edition. Section: Women's Health Issues.

Fulfilling the Potential for Cancer Prevention and Early Detection.

The National Cancer Policy Board, part of the Institute of Medicine, outlines a national strategy to realize the promise of cancer prevention and early detection, including specific and wide-ranging recommendations. Selected for general reading by reference librarian, Lee Ann Bryant

Government Documents

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On November 28, 2002 the Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada delivered its Final Report to Canadians, Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada.

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Canada is experiencing a crisis in nursing. This is a view expressed across the country, both in the health system and among the general public. While there are many different perspectives on why this is and what the most promising solutions are, there is significant agreement that the current shortage of nurses is getting worse and that left unchecked, this situation will lead to a deterioration in the quality of the nation's health care system.

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Final Report of the Canadian Nursing Advisory Committee


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A Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences

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eCMAJ is both the home of CMAJ on the Web and a growing electronic journal in its own right. It contains the complete editorial contents of CMAJ, supplemented by a variety of interactive features and additional content.

Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

A totally electronic nursing journal.

British Medical Journal - Nursing articles

The British Medical Journal offers selected full-text articles on Nursing.

Online Journal of Nursing Informatics

The Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) is a free, international, professional, refereed publication that focuses on nursing informatics in all practice settings. OJNI is committed to addressing the theoretical and practical aspects of nursing informatics as it relates to the art of nursing. CINAHL indexes the journal.

Free Medical Journals

This is a site for free medical e-journals. Click on Journals sorted by specialty. There are links to journals in Nursing, Nutrition, Pharmacology

Web Discussions


A discussion group for people finishing dissertations and theses. Selected by Professor Pamela Ratner.