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How many articles are in Health Library?Health Library contains over 22,000 evidence-based articles.
What is the review process for Health Library content?Health Library content is reviewed by two members of the EBSCO Publishing Medical Review Board (MRB). All content is reviewed by at least one Health Content Reviewer with Expertise and one Health Content Reviewer. A Health Content Reviewer is a professional with an advanced degree and a background in health. A Health Content Reviewer with Expertise is a medical professional (MD, DO, DSS) with knowledge in the area being reviewed.When a record is reviewed, a member of our Medical Review Board will review a
new or existing record and implement updates or changes as needed, based on new,
scientific findings in the area. When reviewing content, Medical Review Board members are given access to EBSCO’s clinical point-of-care product, DynaMed. Medical Reviewers are encouraged to consult DynaMed for recent studies pertaining to the topic being reviewed. Since DynaMed is updated daily and monitors the content of over 500 medical sources, reviewers have the most current references at their disposal when updating Health Library content. Medical reviewers also use other sources when researching and applying updates. These records will then be updated in our collection with the Medical Reviewer’s name and review date.
Who are the members of the Health Library review board?The EBSCO Publishing Medical Review Board is comprised of physicians or medical professionals with expertise in a wide range of areas, including oncology, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, internal medicine, orthopedics, geriatrics, cardiology, family practice, genetics, infectious disease, and health policy. They are experts in their respective fields, and have affiliations with some of the finest medical and research institutions in the world.
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Is Health Library content available in Spanish?Yes. All Health Library articles are available in Spanish.
Can I use Health Library content in a newsletter or on our in-house TV?EBSCO Publishing provides allows for the commercial use of Health Library content for internal research & communication purposes only. Any other commercial use, such as reselling access or creating course packs or posting information on another Web site, is prohibited. You may not redistribute, retransmit, or publish any copyrighted material downloaded from the EBSCO Publishing Health Library Site without written permission from EBSCO Publishing or the copyright owner.
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Can I reproduce the Health Library images?The images in Health Library are owned by Nucleus Medical Media and licensed by EBSCO Publishing for use in Health Library. They may not be reproduced.
What is the reading grade level of the Health Library content?Health Library content is written at the 3rd-5th grade reading level. This is measured using the Lexile Framework for reading and the Flesch-Kincaid Scale.
What types of content does Health Library include?Health Library is an evidence-based resource for consumer health & wellness information and includes the following types of content in both English & Spanish:
With the exception of the drug information and medical dictionary, all Health Library content is proprietary (created by EBSCO Publishing medical writers), evidence-based, written by qualified experts and subjected to rigorous, multilayered review.
Can we edit the Health Library content and include our own content?
Yes. Health Library content delivered via Web Services or FTP can edit the content in accordance with
published editorial guidelines
I can’t find a Health Library article, what should I do?The search process is specific to the point of access to Health Library content. The two most common web access points are:Health Library Interface
- The EBSCO Health Library interface includes search features beyond a basic keyword search that allow you to define search parameters according to the following content types:
Site Specific Interface
- Most websites offer a keyword search feature. When entering a specific subject (e.g., cancer, diabetes, etc.), the search results contain Health Library articles from all relevant available resources.
Can my technical person talk with you directly regarding Health Library?Yes. Every Health Library client is assigned a Customer Account Specialist (CAS). Your CAS can speak with your development team or, if necessary, they can facilitate a conference call with a Health Library Developer. If you do not know who your CAS is, please contact support directly at (800) 758-5995.
What does "evidence-based" mean and how does it apply to Health Library?"Evidence-based" is a term that is often used to describe medically-related reference resources. Unfortunately, it is often used indiscriminately and without merit.
For a clinical reference resource to truly be called evidence-based,
conclusions must be based on the best available evidence.
Conclusions can be based on the best available evidence only if the evidence is consistently and systematically identified, evaluated and selected.
In addition to being reviewed and updated on an annual basis by the EBSCO Medical Review Board, Health Library content is periodically updated using
DynaMed Literature Surveillance
. The DynaMed Editorial Team performs a weekly literature surveillance of 500 journals and generates reports on the most significant research. The Health Library Editorial Team reviews the reports each week and updates all applicable fact sheets affected by these reports. This ensures that content in Health Library captures both significant and current research being conducted in medicine today.
What does URAC Accreditation mean?URAC, (Utilization Review Accreditation Commission) is an independent, nonprofit organization, and well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation and certification programs. Accreditation is a process by which URAC, as an impartial organization, will review a company's operations to ensure that the company is conducting business in a manner consistent with national standards. The process consists of a review of policies and procedures and an onsite visit to the applicant organization to determine that it is, in fact, operating according to its stated policies.URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in health care, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability.Health Web Site Accreditation
ensures that sites deliver quality health content and services. URAC's rigorous application process often serves as the framework around which healthcare Web sites and service providers can structure their internal operations to ensure quality outcomes. Most importantly, it provides a third-party verification mechanism for compliance so that you know that the site will maintain its quality services over time.
Health Content Providers Accreditation
requires providers to comply with disclosure standards, accountability and policy/procedure standards, quality oversight standards, AND enhanced health content standards, plus peer-review and licensure standards.
Health Library is the only source of health information to be awarded URAC accreditation for both health website and the health content provider programs.
For details on these accreditation programs or to learn more about URAC please visit
What is Health Library?Health Library is a comprehensive collection of consumer health information. All content in Health Library is evidence-based, written and reviewed by qualified health professionals and subject to rigorous editorial standards. Updated regularly and written for the consumer reader, Health Library includes thousands of diseases and conditions, natural and alternative medicine, drug reference information and daily health news in both English & Spanish.
Can I search the drug database by brand name in Health Library?Yes. You can search the Health Library Drug Databases by U.S., Canadian, and Mexican Brand Names.From the Health Library search screen, narrow your search to the Drug Database. Enter the brand name in the ‘for’ field, ex., Avandia.The search results will display the generic drug name, ex., Rosiglitazone
What is the difference between the Therapeutic & Wellness Centers?The Health Library Therapeutic Centers are Condition-based and combine evidence-based fact sheets and reports with select magazine-style articles for 56 of the most commonly diagnosed medical conditions in North America.The Health Library Wellness Centers are Demographic-based and include hundreds of magazine-style articles on health and wellness topics for every age. Each Wellness Center also includes related links to condition and procedure topics and a weekly rotating feature article.
How many drugs are included in the Lexi-Comp database?The LexiComp Drug Database has over 2,100 drugs indexed to over 4,700 brand names. This database is updated regularly to include new drugs or brands as they come onto the market.The Lexi-Comp drug database can be searched using the generic name or the U.S., Canadian or Mexican brand name.Example:Generic Name:
AcetaminophenU.S. Brand Names
Acephen™ [OTC]; Apra Children's [OTC]; Aspirin Free Anacin® Maximum Strength [OTC]; Cetafen Extra® [OTC]; Cetafen® [OTC]; Comtrex® Sore Throat Maximum Strength [OTC]; FeverALL® [OTC]; Genapap™ Children [OTC]; Genapap™ Extra Strength [OTC]; Genapap™ Infant [OTC]; Genapap™ [OTC]; Genebs Extra Strength [OTC]; Genebs [OTC]; Infantaire [OTC]; Little Fevers™ [OTC]; Mapap Children's [OTC]; Mapap Extra Strength [OTC]; Mapap Infants [OTC]; Mapap [OTC]; Nortemp Children's [OTC]; Pain Eze [OTC]; Silapap® Children's [OTC]; Silapap® Infants [OTC]; Tycolene Maximum Strength [OTC]; Tycolene [OTC]; Tylenol® 8 Hour [OTC]; Tylenol® Arthritis Pain [OTC]; Tylenol® Children's with Flavor Creator [OTC]; Tylenol® Children's [OTC]; Tylenol® Extra Strength [OTC]; Tylenol® Infants [OTC]; Tylenol® Junior [OTC]; Tylenol® [OTC]; Valorin Extra [OTC]; Valorin [OTC]
Canadian Brand Names
Abenol®; Apo-Acetaminophen®; Atasol®; Novo-Gesic; Pediatrix; Tempra®; Tylenol®
Mexican Brand Names
Adinol; Analphen; Dismifen; Doluvital ; Dolviran; Filanc; Mejoralito Junior; Mejoralito Pediátrico; Nordinet Infantil; Pharmacen-M; Sedalito; Sinedol; Tempra; Tylenol; Tylex; XL-Dol Infantil
Can we make suggestions to you on articles that we'd like to see in Health Library?
Yes. Please forward article suggestions to your Customer Account Specialist (CAS) or send to
Your suggestion will be forwarded to the Health Library Editorial Team for review. If approved, it will be added to the Editorial Calendar for future creation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.