Virtual Hospital: 400+ Links to Patient Education Materials!
By Carol J. Mulvihill, B.S.N., R.N.,C., Editor of Connections Quarterly
Virtual Hospital or VH, is a continuously
updated digital health sciences
library available via the Internet. It was founded in 1992 as a public
service of The University of Iowa, Department of Radiology, Electric
Differential Multimedia Library.
- The introduction to the Virtual Hospital Tour on their
- "The Virtual Hospital is designed to lower
accessing authoritative information. The Virtual Hospital is based on the
philosophy that learning is an apprenticeship, and that apprentice
learners -- health care providers and patients - need convenient access to
authoritative information. The Virtual Hospital delivers information to
health care providers at the point-of-care to help them take better care
of their patients and delivers information to patients at home to help
them live healthier lives." --Excerpt from The Virtual Hospital
What does Virtual Hospital have to do with college health?
Hospital care and college health care are not necessarily similar in their
approaches to health care delivery. But Virtual Hospital's philosophical
belief and commitment to provide health information to both providers and
patients to enhance quality of care and healthier living are certainly
compatible with college health goals and objectives. As such, Virtual
Hospital becomes a valuable information resource for us and for our
Check Out the Annotated List of Patient Education Materials
Virtual Hospital features an Annotated List of
Patient Education Materials at
This single web page contained 402 links on March 21, 1998 when
I counted them. It includes interesting patient information handouts from
a wide variety of credible medical resources. For example, a large number
of really great patient information handouts from the National Cancer
Institutes are available here.
Handouts from the American Academy of Family Practice and the American
Academy of Otolaryngologists are also plentiful on this web site.
The information is organized under the following categories: anesthesia,
cancer, dermatology, dietary, emergency medicine, family practice,
hospital dentistry, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and
gynecology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, physical
therapy, radiology, surgery, and miscellaneous.
The exhaustive resource list of patient education materials includes the
Please note: The Virtual Hospital web site is copyrighted. This
does permit making a printed copy of health information for personal use,
provided the source and authors are credited on the copy.
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