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Consumer Health:

Information intended for potential users of medical and healthcare services. There is an emphasis on self-care and preventive approaches as well as information for community-wide dissemination and use. (PubMed MeSH 2008)

Patient Education:

The teaching or training of patients concerning their own health needs.
(PubMed MeSH 2008)


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    Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature with 3000 journals, 330+ of which are full text. Full text and peer reviewed books, dissertations and software.
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    Evidence-based health information in laymen’s language. Searchable information from reports, encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, images, diagrams, videos and animation.
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    Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers and has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest.

Consumer Health = Daily NEWS

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Denton, TX 76204
Phone: 940.898.3701

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T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences
Health Sciences Library
5500 Southwestern Medical Avenue
Dallas, TX 75235-7299
Phone: 214.689.6585

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Houston, TX 77030-4132
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