MedlinePlus is a free Web site that provides consumer health information for patients, families, and Health care providers. The site brings together information from the United States National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other U.S. government agencies, and health-related organizations. The U.S. National Library of Medicine produces and maintains the site. MedlinePlus includes a companion site in Spanish,[1] which offers similar content for the Spanish-speaking community. It also offers a mobile site in both English and Spanish optimized for display on mobile devices. Over 150 million people from around the world use MedlinePlus each year.[2]

MedlinePlus contains:



Throughout its history, the National Library of Medicine traditionally focused its programs and services on health care professionals. In the 1990s, the Library recognized that the general public was becoming a very important user group, due to the increasing availability of Internet access.[3] This new user group needed access to reliable health information in a consumer-friendly, Web-based format.[4] The National Library of Medicine sought to meet this need with the introduction of MedlinePlus in October 1998.

MedlinePlus debuted with 22 English-language health topics. Today, it has grown to over 800 health topics in English and Spanish and also includes links to health information in over 40 other languages.

Since its inception, the site has received numerous awards and media recognition for its quality and usefulness. The site consistently scores highly in the American Customer Satisfaction Index.[5]


  1. ^ " en español" (in Spanish). 
  2. ^ "MedlinePlus Statistics". National Institutes of Health. 
  3. ^ Naomi Miller, M.L.S., Systems Librarian, Eve-Marie Lacroix, M.S., Chief, Public Services Division, and Joyce E. B. Backus, M.S.L.S., Systems Librarian (2000 Jan). "MEDLINEplus: building and maintaining the National Library of Medicine's consumer health Web service". Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA) 88 (1): 11–7. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  4. ^ Marill JL, Miller N, Kitendaugh P (January 2006). "The MedlinePlus public user interface: studies of design challenges and opportunities". Journal of the Medical Library Association 94 (1): 30–40. Retrieved 2009-05-26. 
  5. ^ "ACSI Scores for U.S. Federal Government". The American Customer Satisfaction Index. 2010. 


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