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Our home page is located at www.hospicepatients.org

We have divided up the list of other sites according to different categories, however some sites cover more than one category, so you may wish to look at other categories as well for information.

  1. ACCESSING THE FEDERAL LAWS GOVERNING HOSPICE, LEGAL INFORMATION AND U.S. GOVERNMENT SITES

  2. ACCESSING YOUR STATE'S LAWS GOVERNING HOSPICE

  3. LIST OF ALL STATE WEBSITES:
    ACCESSING YOUR STATE'S OWN INDIVIDUAL WEBSITE


  4. LINKS TO CHILDREN'S RESOURCES

  5. LINKS TO SENIOR CITIZEN RESOURCES

  6. OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS

    This section of links is divided up into the following areas:
    Advocacy, AIDS, Anti-Euthanasia cancer, caregiver support, general health care, hospice, internet resources, medical-health care ethics, mental health, nursing, pain, and public policy & access to political and government representatives, Social Worker Websites.

  7. LINKS TO FILE A COMPLAINT ABOUT HOSPICE CARE

    (To improve care for your loved one or others who require services)

  8. LINKS TO REPORT FRAUD IN HOSPICE

    Information on reporting fraud to the U.S. Justice Department (U.S. Attorney's Office), U.S. Office of Inspector General (OIG), CMS (Centers for Medicare Services which administers Medicare for the U.S. Government)

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Accessing The Federal Laws Governing Hospice,
U.S. Government and
Other Legal Information Sites

  • Federal Laws on Hospice: Code Of Federal Regulations
    (copy located on our site)
    Federal Uniform Standards of Care for Hospice
    42 CFR Ch IV Part 418

    By clicking here you will find the entire Hospice section provided on our website

  • Government Printing Office
    United States Code of Federal Regulations

    https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/ECFR?page=browse

    For those who wish to directly access the entire federal hospice law for themselves. When you enter the site, search for the link to the Code of Federal Regulations for Hospice: cited as: 42 CFR 418.

  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY LAW LIBRARY
    http://law.indiana.edu/lawlibrary/index.shtml

    An excellent site to find laws on any topics.

  • INTERNET LAWYER LIBRARY
    http://www.internetlawyer.com/start.htm

    To find federal and state laws on any topics, along with caselaw and specialty practice legal resources.

  • CORNELL UNIVERSITY LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE
    http://www.law.cornell.edu

    Provides information on all aspects of the law (by source or jurisdiction), American Legal Ethics Library, search capability, codes, Constitution, Court opinions, and much more.



  • U.S. Government and Legal Related Sites


  • USA.GOV
    https://www.usa.gov/

    An official U.S. government site that accesses all branches of federal government, its agencies, and has the ability to search by topic (not just U.S. agency), helps to find government services online. Also provides links to State and Local government websites.


  • ALL LAW - INTERNET LEGAL GATEWAY
    www.alllaw.com

    Provides information on all aspects of the law, lawyers, access to lawyers, reference material, search, codes, Constitution, Court opinions, and much more.


  • AMERICAN HEALTH LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
    http://www.healthlawyers.org

    A leading provider of education for attorneys dealing health care related issues, and through its Public Interest commitment, Health Lawyers "gives back" to society from its members' legal expertise. The tax-exempt association produces colloquium reports and other nonpartisan analyses that share Health Lawyers' expertise with policymakers, healthcare organizations, "think tanks," academia, media, the public, and others. Health Lawyers also encourages its members to contribute to the public interest through pro bono legal work and other community service activities.

  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LAW, MEDICINE & ETHICS
    www.aslme.org

    The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics is a nonprofit educational and research organization which "provides a forum for high-quality debate, scholarship, and critical thought for the community of professionals at the nexus of law, health care, and ethics. [They've] been fulfilling this mission since the Society was founded in 1911.... ASLME's membership includes attorneys, physicians, ethicists, nurses, allied health professionals, hospital administrators, risk managers, social workers, academics, and students who come together to examine the crucial questions of our times."

    "ASLME has engaged in and helped shaped the dialogue at the national level, dealing with such varied issues as managed care decision making and utilization, medical record privacy, pediatric controversies, end-of-life decision making, implications of the human genome project, and pain undertreatment."

  • FINDLAW.COM
    http://www.findlaw.com/

    Findlaw.com provides a wealth of information about the laws of our nation both State, federal and other and has lists of attorneys, search capability to find caselaw and discussions of the law in many specialties.

  • LAW.COM
    www.law.com

    Law.com offers comprehensive information and resources for attorneys, law students, law librarians and lawfirm management. It has a focus on serving professional attorneys, but also provides information for the general public. Also included are separate Law.com state websites for each state providing: local and state-wide news summaries and features; federal circuit and state court decisions (summarized and full text); highlights from law.com's national legal news; a state-specific legal practice guide.

  • THELAWENGINE.COM
    www.TheLawEngine.com/

    A large legal/law search site with an extensive directory of law and legal-related sites.



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Accessing Your State's Laws Governing Hospice

  • INDIANA UNIVERSITY LAW LIBRARY
    http://www.law.indiana.edu/lawlibrary/research/index.shtml

    An excellent site to find laws on any topics. For State laws on hospice, click on the "Browse by information type" button, then click on "State Government Servers." Scroll down to the State you live in and click on "Administrative Code" or "Code of Regulations" (names vary in each State). When you reach the Administrative Code or regulations for your State, use the "Search" button to find "hospice." You'll see a listing of laws governing hospice in your State.

  • INTERNET LAW LIBRARY
    http://www.internet-law-library.com
    To find laws on any topics. For State laws on hospice, click on the State you live in and then click on the link for your State on "Administrative Code" or "Code of Regulations," then use the "Search" button to find "hospice." You'll see a listing of laws governing hospice in your State.

  • DIRECT LINKS TO YOUR
    STATE'S ADMINISTRATIVE CODE
    State Hospice Codes

    We are working on collecting direct links to the State Hospice Code/Rules for each state. This is an incomplete listing at present, but if your state is here, you won't have to search at all, just click on the link for your state and you'll be taken directly to your state's own hospice code. If your state's Administrative Code/Rules for hospice are not listed, search at the link below "Internet Access to Rules." Remember that every licensed hospice must also fulfill the requirements of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (42 CFR ch. iv. Part 418 - Hospice).

  • INTERNET ACCESS TO RULES
    (STATE ADMINISTRATIVE CODE)
    http://www.nass.org/acr/internet.html

    This complete listing is posted by the National Association of Secretaries of State: Administrative Codes and Registers Section. To find State administrative rules, codes or laws on any topics. For State laws on hospice, click on your State and the link to the word "code," then use the "Search" button to find "hospice." You'll see a listing of laws governing hospice in your State.

  • CORNELL UNIVERSITY LAW LIBRARY
    https://www.law.cornell.edu/states

    Provides text from State laws of many states in the U.S.
    State laws governing hospice vary from State to State, and how they arrange the laws at their website also varies. You will need to click on the link for your State and then select or search for "hospice" (if hospice is available as a choice) or "Regulations." After that you should be at the state laws on hospice for your area.



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Other Important Links



This section of links is divided up into the following areas: Advocacy sites, AIDS, cancer, general health care, hospice, internet resources, medical-health care ethics, mental health, nursing, pain, and public policy/access to political and government representatives .

  • Advocacy and Pro-life Advocacy Sites


  • ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM
    https://adflegal.org/

    The Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal alliance working to change the culture, and the strategy of Alliance Defending Freedom ensures lasting victory focusing on religious freedom, sanctity of life, and marriage and family.

  • AMERICAN LIFE LEAGUE
    www.all.org/

    American Life League is the largest grassroots Catholic pro-life education organization in the United States. ALL is committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to natural death. It is rooted in pro-life integrity that stands up for every innocent human being whose life is threatened by what Pope John Paul II called "the culture of death." That ranges from the single cell human embryo to the elderly, the infirm and others at risk of having their life terminated by acts of euthanasia. The pro-life position notes that neither abortion nor euthanasia can ever be medically necessary or morally permitted.

  • ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS
    www.aapsonline.org/

    AAPS has been dedicated to the highest ethical standards of the Oath of Hippocrates and to preserving the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship and the practice of private medicine. AAPS is an outspoken advocacy group working to promote improvements in the health care system and on behalf of all patients and physicians.

  • ASSOCIATION OF PRO-LIFE PHYSICIANS
    http://prolifephysicians.org/app/?page_id=2

    "One of the elements of the Hippocratic Oath was a vow not to kill the pre-born: ?I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly, I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy.? We are exclusive Hippocratic physicians in this critical sense: we will not kill innocent people." Find a pro-life physician here.

  • CHILDREN OF GOD FOR LIFE
    cogforlife.org/

    Children of God for Life is a pro-life outreach designed to provide truthful, accurate and updated information, and research facts for you on many pro-life issues such as abortion, cloning, fetal and stem cells and research issues as well as vaccines.

  • CHOICE IS AN ILLUSION
    www.choiceillusion.org/

    "Choice is an illusion is a non-profit organization fighting against assisted-suicide and euthanasia. Founded by elder-rights attorney Margaret Dore and Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Choice is An Illusion is an organization working with many others to stop the exploitation of the vulnerable, shed light on the realities of assisted-suicide and euthanasia and promote the rights of the vulnerable.

  • CHRISTIAN MEDICAL AND DENTAL ASSOCIATION
    www.cmda.org

    The Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA) serve as a voice and ministry for Christian doctors. They provide information about healthcare from the Christian perspective and have produced a video revealing how physician assisted suicide and euthanasia are not the "merciful" solution to end of life care and terminal illnesses.

  • EUTHANASIA PREVENTION COALITION
    http://epcc.ca/

    The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition was established to prepare a well-informed, broadly based, network of groups and individuals who support measures that will create an effective social barrier to euthanasia and assisted suicide. Purpose: To preserve and enforce legal prohibitions and ethical guidelines prohibiting "mercy killing." To increase public awareness of hospice/palliative care. To promote improvement in the quality and availability of hospice/palliative care, and effective methods of controlling pain and suffering.

  • FEMINISTS FOR LIFE
    www.feministsfor life.org

    "Pro-life feminists must work to address the root causes that drive women and men to the desperate act of euthanasia, assisted suicide and suicide by replacing suffering and isolation with love and compassion." - Serrin M. Foster, Exec. Dir., Feminists for Life of America
    Feminists For Life is a life affirming organization of men and women who support justice and equality, believe in equal rights regardless of gender, yet celebrate the differences especially that of a woman's life-giving capacity. FLF ... defends women's rights and believe that they do not come at the expense of others, especially those of our own preborn children... believe in a woman's right to control her body and she deserves this right no matter where she lives; even if she's still living inside her mother's womb ... FFL proudly continues in the pro-life tradition of our feminist foremothers, who recognized abortion as the ultimate act of violence against women and children, and envisioned a better world for all humankind...a world in which abortion would be unthinkable. "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit." - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Women's Rights Movement Organizer, October 16, 1878

  • HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RESPONSIBILITY PROJECT
    http://harp.org

    HARP is a resource for patients, doctors, and attorneys seeking to establish the liability of Managed Health Care Organizations and Nursing Facilities for the consequences of their decisions. They are concerned that in the headlong rush to "Efficient" Medical care, the organizations involved are losing sight of the "Quality" of the care they provide.

    As more and more "Incentives" to cut back on medical care are put in place by the new class of medical entrepreneurs, the patient often suffers. We feel that Counter-incentives must be applied, and they must be financial. The only such Counter-incentives available under our system are lawsuits for damages caused by excessive cost-cutting measures.

  • HEALTH CARE PROBLEMS ARCHIVE
    www.healthcareproblems.org/

    The Health Care Problems Archive is dedicated to gathering information for the same purpose the orthopedic surgeon gathers information: to make possible diagnosis and treatment of a problem. Unlike the doctor, however, The Health Care Problems Archive does not attempt diagnosis or prescription. That's left to the reader. The Health Care Problems Archive does the first part of the surgeon's job. It collects information and assembles it for study.

  • HUMAN LIFE ALLIANCE
    www.humanlife.org

    Human Life Alliance is a pro-life organization dedicated to protecting human life from the moment of conception until natural death. HLA seeks to educate all people on life issues by ... opposing euthanasia in all its forms, both active and passive, and fighting for the protection of all human life including the terminally ill, elderly, disabled and medically vulnerable. HLA has an excellent pamphlet available online entitled "Imposed Death."

  • LIFE GUARDIAN FOUNDATION
    www.lifeguardianfoundation.org/

    For very complete information on the dangers of organ transplantation procedures, the reality of what is involved and how to protect yourself or your loved ones from organ plundering. Life Guardians states that: "The mission of the Life Guardian Foundation is to educate the public that life of the human person is a gift. Respect is owed to every human person regardless of their state of health throughout their entire lifespan from conception until his or her natural end.... It is irreverent to address a human person with terms such as ?brain dead,? ?vegetative state,? ?terminal condition,? and ?imminent danger of death.? Such designations have been proposed and are actively used for the sole purpose of demeaning and shortening life, as well as to hasten the death of a human person."

  • LIFE ISSUES.NET
    Life Issues.net

    One of the finest online libraries of articles written by many of the world's leading pro-life advocates and scholars, providing "clear thinking about crucial issues."

  • LIFE MATTERS WORLDWIDE
    https://www.lifemattersww.org/

    Life Matters Worldwide has created the LIFT program, a ministry of compassionate care to people with chronic or terminal illnesses. It includes their loved ones, who are facing extraordinary pressures that can be physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining. What does that mean? Briefly, it means helping a person through the last days of his or her life, volunteering, helping with needed tasks at home and easing the burdens patients and family members may be facing.

  • LIFETREE
    www.lifetree.org/

    LifeTree's mission is to raise awareness about the need to protect life, from its earliest beginnings to natural death.

  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROLIFE NURSES
    http://nursesforlife.org

    NAPN is a not-for-profit organization uniting nurses who seek excellence in nurturing for all, including the unborn, newborn, disabled, mentally and or/physically ill, the aged and the dying.

  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO STOP GUARDIAN ABUSE
    www.stopguardianabuse.org

    The National Association to Stop Guardian Abuse is an organization formed by victims and for victims of unlawful and abusive guardianships and conservatorships.

  • NATIONAL COALITION FOR PATIENT RIGHTS
    https://www.patientsrightscoalition.org/

    This is a consumer advocacy group and non-profit organization dedicated to the premise that patients have the right to privacy when they consult a health-care professional. The interests of employers, insurers, government agencies, police and others should not be allowed to supersede that basic right. If your rights to privacy have been violated, we suggest that you contact this organization for more information about your rights and what you can do to stop the betrayal of your privacy rights in hospice care or any aspect of health care. You can make a difference!

  • NATIONAL CENTER ON ELDER ABUSE
    https://ncea.acl.gov/

    NCEA provides elder abuse information to professionals and the public; offers technical assistance and training to elder abuse agencies and related professionals; conducts short-term elder abuse research; and assists with elder abuse program and policy development. NCEA's website contains many resources and publications to help achieve these goalS. You can find many links to report elder abuse and find more information about protecting the elderly in our national community.

  • NOT DEAD YET
    www.notdeadyet.org/

    Not Dead Yet opposes a public policy that singles out individuals for legalized killing based on their health status. Such a policy violates the Americans With Disabilities Act, denies the disabled the equal protection of the law, and health professionals decide who is "eligible." In these days of cost cutting and managed care, Not Dead Yet doesn't trust the health care system, and neither should you. Moreover, assisted suicide proponents have a broader agenda that includes non-voluntary euthanasia. Not Dead Yet is working through legal action to protect the rights of the disabled. Telephone No. (708) 209-1500

  • ONE MORE SOUL
    www.onemoresoul.com

    One More Soul is a Catholic organization that encourages married couples to accept another child. They are for life and pro-conception rather than contra-ception. One More Soul provides many services to the public and has a directory of pro-life physicians who may be family physicians or specialists of various kinds.

  • PATIENT SAFETY
    www.patient-safety.com/

    This is an informative website that explains how patients may be blacklisted, how physicians protect each other, and nurses fail to report problems in health care settings, how malpractice is covered up and patients victimized. Blacklisting of patients does happen! Whistleblowers are blackballed and may never work in health care again!

  • PHARMACISTS FOR LIFE INTERNATIONAL
    www.pfli.org/

    Pharmacists for Life serves the profession of pharmacy and the public as a totally 100% pro-life philosophy and provides all the pro-life pharmacy news and information that is fit to print and that the "drive-by" pharmacy media choose to ignore or misreport


  • PHYSICIANS FOR COMPASSIONATE CARE
    EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
    www.pccef.org

    The PCCEF affirms an ethic based on the principle that all human life is inherently valuable and that the physician's roles are to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort for the sick and dying. PCCEF promotes compassionate care for severely ill patients without sanctioning or assisting their suicide.

  • PHYSICIANS FOR LIFE
    www.physiciansforlife.org/

    PHYSICIANS FOR LIFE exists to draw attention to the issues of abortion, euthanasia, .... [and others].

  • PHYSICIANS WHO CARE
    http://physicianswho.care/

    PHYSICIANS WHO CARE believes the responsibility for medical care belongs first and foremost to physicians and patients. We affirm the right of the physician, as the provider of care, to diagnose, prescribe, test and treat patients without undue outside interference. We affirm the right of the patient, as the person most affected by care, to choose his or her own physician and help determine the type of treatment received. Telephone No. 800-800-5154



  • AIDS Related Sites


  • AIDS.ORG
    www.aids.org

    One of the main AIDS organizations serving
    those dealing with AIDS related issues.

  • AIDS TREATMENT NEWS - INTERNET DIRECTORY
    http://aidsnews.blogspot.com/

    You can access much information about AIDS Treatment at this site,
    along with links to many other AIDS-related sites.
    Tel. 1-800-TREAT-12 or Tel. 415-255-0588

  • THE BODY: AIDS/HIV Info Resource
    http://www.thebody.com/index.html

    An AIDS and HIV information resource. The Body's mission is to: 1.Use the Web to lower barriers between patients and clinicians 2.Demystify HIV/AIDS and its treatment; 3.Improve patients' quality of life; 4.Foster community through human connection.



  • Anti-Euthanasia Sites



  • EUTHANASIA PREVENTION COALITION
    http://epcc.ca/

    The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition was established to prepare a well-informed, broadly based, network of groups and individuals who support measures that will create an effective social barrier to euthanasia and assisted suicide. Purpose: To preserve and enforce legal prohibitions and ethical guidelines prohibiting "mercy killing." To increase public awareness of hospice/palliative care. To promote improvement in the quality and availability of hospice/palliative care, and effective methods of controlling pain and suffering.

  • PHYSICIANS FOR COMPASSIONATE CARE
    EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
    www.pccef.org

    The PCCEF affirms an ethic based on the principle that all human life is inherently valuable and that the physician's roles are to heal illness, alleviate suffering, and provide comfort for the sick and dying. PCCEF promotes compassionate care for severely ill patients without sanctioning or assisting their suicide.



  • Cancer related sites


    Also see Pain sites below.

  • AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
    www.cancer.org

    A very helpful site. This is an organization that provides much support to those going through the trials of dealing with cancer. Support groups are available through the American Cancer Society.

  • AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS
    HOME CARE GUIDE FOR ADVANCED CANCER

    www.acponline.org/public/homecare

  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY
    www.asco.org

    Information and articles from the experts about cancer related research, treatment, and care during the last phases of life. This valuable site offers much information to the patient with cancer. Also provides links to other organizations with information relating to cancer and patient care.

  • CANCER CARE
    www.cancercare.org

    Cancer Care is dedicated to providing emotional support, information, and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones. As the oldest and largest national nonprofit agency devoted to offering professional services, Cancer Care has helped over a million people nationwide through its toll-free Counseling Line and teleconference programs, its office-based services, and via the Internet; also publishes "Helping Hand," a useful resource guide for cancer patients and others. Includes resource information for caregivers.

  • CANCER INFORMATION SERVICES (NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE)
    www.cancer.gov

    For specific information on various forms of cancer, its symptoms, treatment & prognosis; also information on treating pain related to cancer; provides referrals to hospice, home care and support groups.

  • DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE
    http://www.dana-farber.org/

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; with information on all types of cancer, treatments, support groups, printed and online resources.

  • FIND CANCER EXPERTS.COM
    www.findcancerexperts.com/

    Errors occur in the diagnosis of cancer. These mistakes can lead to incorrect treatment with serious medical complications. FindCancerExperts refers patients for EXPERT SECOND OPINIONS to NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED DOCTORS -- PATHOLOGISTS -- specializing in the tissue diagnosis of all cancer types. FindCancerExperts is a RAPID, CONFIDENTIAL & FREE SERVICE offering immediate access to the largest established national network of prominent pathology experts.



  • Caregiver Support Sites


  • CAREGIVER.COM
    www.caregiver.com

    This site contains back issues of Today's Caregiver Magazine, information on the "Sharing Wisdom Caregivers Conferences" and a discussion forum.

  • CAREGIVING.COM
    www.caregiving.com

    This site offers resources and support for family caregivers.

  • CAREGIVER ACTION NETWORK
    http://caregiveraction.org/

    The nationís leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for the more than 90 million Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age.

  • NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR CAREGIVING
    www.caregiving.org

    This site is a joint venture of many organizations designed to support family and professional caregivers. Includes the Family Caregiver Resource Connection, which reviews and rates hundreds of books, videos, websites, magazines, fact sheets and other resources addressing the range of issues and questions faced by family caregivers.



  • General Health Care sites


  • ADMINISTRATORS IN MEDICINE
    www.docboard.org

    If you want to check out a physician's background and record, this is the place to get that hard-to-find information. You can check the background of physicians in many States.

  • AGENCY FOR HEALTHCARE RESEARCH AND QUALITY
    (U.S. government site)
    http://www.ahrq.gov/

    An extremely useful site for accessing health care information. Especially relevant to hospice is their "Clinical Practice Guideline Number 9: Management of Cancer Pain" which sets out the nationally accepted standards for managing cancer pain which are followed by expert pain management specialists. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Web site provides practical healthcare information, research findings, and data to help consumers, health providers, health insurers, researchers, and policymakers make informed decisions about healthcare issues.

  • AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS
    http://www.aapsonline.org

    The American Association of Physicians and Surgeons works to promote excellence in health care and to reform the system so that physicians are allowed to practice in the best interests of the patient. AAPS affirms the original Hippocratic Oath and ethics which value the lives of the patients they serve. A wealth of information is available at their website. You can also contact them by phone at 1-800-635-1196

  • CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION (CDC)
    www.cdc.gov

    U.S. Government site providing most up-to-date information on diseases and prevention with links to other sites...health topics A-Z.

  • FRIENDS' HEALTH CONNECTION
    www.friendshealthconnection.org/
    Friends' Health Connection is a nonprofit support network that connects people with similar health problems for the purpose of mutual support. It helps individuals cope with illness through the power of friendship and provides two support networks: a Patient Network which connects individuals with health problems and a Caregiver Network which connects family members, friends and caregivers of people with health problems.

  • HEALTHFINDER
    www.healthfinder.gov

    A gateway consumer health information web site from the United States government. Healthfinder® is a free gateway to reliable consumer health and human services information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Healthfinder® can lead you to selected online publications, clearinghouses, databases, web sites, and support and self-help groups, as well as the government agencies and not-for-profit organizations that produce reliable information for the public.

  • MAYO CLINIC HEALTH OASIS
    www.mayohealth.org

    Resources, Ask Mayo, Cancer Center, Diet & Nutrition, Heart Center, Pregnancy & Children, Medicine Center, Women's Health, etc.

  • MIMS MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESOURCES
    https://specialty.mims.com/multi-specialty

    MIMS is a multi-channel provider of drug information, medical education and services connecting healthcare communities. Our work empowers healthcare professionals to improve patient outcomes by facilitating knowledge exchange and better decision-making.

  • MEDICINENET.COM
    www.medicinenet.com

    Medicine Net provides easily understood explanations of hundreds of diseases, conditions, procedures and tests, first aid, list of poison control centers, medications and their side effects, and a dictionary of thousands of medical terms. All content written by expert Board Certified medical doctors.

  • MEDSCAPE.COM
    www.medscape.com

    Medscape.com provides one of the largest collections of full-text clinical medical articles and is a free searchable database for all types of medical information. This site is accessed by physicians for their own ongoing research and education. If you need information on a particular disease, condition or medical topic, you will find much help at this site. Medscape will be offering "Medscape Consumer" as another service. Medscape provides free access to MEDLINE, AIDSLINE and TOXLINE, and also provides daily medical news.

  • NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH
    www.nih.gov/

    Vast amounts of information can be found here on many illnesses, medical treatment and resources.

  • NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE
    www.nlm.nih.gov

    Excellent for learning about research on diseases, treatment and medical outlook. You can access MEDLINE from here and read scientific reports about all diseases and conditions in numerous medical journals from around the world.

  • NATIONAL WOMEN'S HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER
    http://www.healthywomen.org

    Healthwomen.org is the one-stop shop for women's health information on the web. This site includes "comprehensive information on women's health topics that will help you make informed health decisions."

    • "Since the late 1980s, the National Women’s Health Resource Center, Inc. (NWHRC) has helped millions of women educate themselves about the health topics that concern them the most. The non-profit organization, dedicated to helping women make informed decisions about their health, encourages women to embrace healthy lifestyles to promote wellness and prevent disease."



    • "As the national clearinghouse for women’s health information, providing access to health information and resources is [the] primary goal. The information ... provided is comprehensive, objective, and supported by an advisory council comprised of the nation’s leading medical and health experts."

    There is an "A to Z" topic index to search for different topics of interest, frequently asked questions and consumer tips on fitness, nutrition and disease prevention, as well as healthcare issues ranging from teen health to pregnancy to post-menopausal concerns."

  • NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ON-LINE
    www.nejm.org

    Reporting the results of important medical research worldwide

  • NIH: HEALTH INFORMATION
    www.nih.gov/health

    A valuable resource with vast amounts of information.

  • WEBMD.COM
    www.webmd.com

    WebMD is a leading consumer-focused healthcare information Web site. Their mission is to provide objective, credible and trusted healthcare information and to help people play an active role in managing their own health. Consumers can access health news, articles, research reports, condition-specific centers and support communities, interactive tools and programs, as well as online health and lifestyle product catalogues and ordering services.



  • Hospice Related Sites


  • AMERICAN ACADEMY OF HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE MEDICINE
    www.aahpm.org

    Hospice physicians organization

  • AMERICAN HOSPICE FOUNDATION
    www.americanhospice.org

    The American Hospice Foundation's mission is to open new doors to hospice care so that a dignified death at home is an option for all Americans, and grief support is readily available for all adults and children.

  • CENTERING CORPORATION
    www.centering.org/

    The Centering Corporation distributes books dealing with grief and helps promote workshops dealing with grief. They have an extensive listing of resources to help those working through their grief as well as resources for professionals and others.

  • CHILDREN'S HOSPICE INTERNATIONAL
    www.chionline.org

    See the description above in the "Links to Children's Resources" above.

  • FUNERAL CONSUMERS ALLIANCE
    www.funerals.org

    Funeral Consumers Alliance is dedicated to a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral and provides information on funeral choices and options, monitors the funeral industry trends and practices (exposing exploitation within the funeral industry), serves as a consumer advocate for reforms, refers individual inquiries to appropriate societies and agencies supplying local services.

  • GROWTH HOUSE ORGANIZATION
    www.growthhouse.org

    Growth House is the largest international gateway to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life care. Their primary mission is to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying through public education and global professional collaboration.

  • HOSPICE CHOICES
    www.hospicechoices.com/

    HospiceChoices is a hospice specific site with an emphasis on employment and business operations assistance, and offers one easy location for those interested in exploring hospice opportunities and provides hospice organizations a place to meet. Provides information about pursuing or learning more about a career in hospice or, for hospice agencies, a place to locate assistance in staffing, operations or technical matters.

  • NIH: End-of-Life Care for People Who Have Cancer
    www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/advanced-cancer/care-choices/care-fact-sheet

    What does end-of-life care mean for people who have cancer?
    How do doctors know how long a person will continue to live?
    When should someone call for professional help if theyíre caring for a person who has cancer at home?
    and much more ....

  • SERENITY MUSIC - ONLINE LISTENING POST
    www.serenitymusic.com/listen.html

    Music can play a very important part in facilitating a death with dignity and peace. Serenity's music offerings are uplifting and exquisitely beautiful. You can hear some of their music at their online listening post. At this website you can browse selections from the Serenity healing music catalogue, in RealAudio and .wav formats

    Serenity will also send you free audio cassette catalogs of their music (112 minutes of music). Just fill out their convenient free cassette order form. (No, there is no cost or obligation for the audio catalogs, and they are yours to keep).

  • GRIEF COUNSELING FOR CHILDREN
    www.recover-from-grief.com/grief-counseling-for-children.html

    Grief Counseling for children

  • WIDOW NET
    www.widownet.org/

    Provides information and self-help resources for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, and other information helpful to all who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.



Internet Library Resources


  • INTERNET PUBLIC LIBRARY 2
    www.ipl.org

    Connect to and search through libraries all over the world for whatever you want, access newspaper articles all over the world from any paper with internet sites (you'd be surprised how many papers are on the internet! Excellent resource for research. Links to national newspapers sites (and very likely even your own local papers) are listed. IPL 2 is a merger of the Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index



  • ASK.COM
    www.ask.com

    Ask.com provides a world of information.

  • BING.COM
    www.bing.com/

    Bing.com provides a world of information. From Microsoft.

  • DOGPILE.COM
    www.dogpile.com

    An excellent meta search engine for quickly finding what you want. If you don't see what you want on your first search, make sure your "keywords" are exactly what topic you're interested in, and see what each search engine finds. How you search is much more important than which search engine you use. The words you search for are the most important, but if you add too many, you may not find as many sites.

  • METACRAWLER.COM
    http://www.metacrawler.com

    MetaCrawler queries the other search engines, organizes the results into a uniform format, ranks them by relevance, and returns them to the user.

  • STARTPAGE
    www.startpage.com/

    An excellent meta search engine for quickly finding what you want.

  • YAHOO.COM
    http://www.yahoo.com/

    One of the common search engines.



Medical - Health Care Ethics
and Standards of Care Related Sites


Codes of ethics are available at each of the various health care professions organization's websites. For example, medical codes of ehthics are found at the American Medical Association (and many other medical organizations) website, Nursing codes of ethics are found at the American Nursing Association's website.... If you search for each category of health care profession, as well as searching for "code of ethics" you should be able to locate any code of ethics which you wish to view.

  • AMERICAN HEALTH QUALITY ASSOCIATION
    www.ahqa.org

    The American Health Quality Association represents Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and professionals working to improve the quality of health care in communities across America. QIOs share information about best practices with physicians, hospitals, and nursing homes. Working together with health care providers, QIOs identify opportunities and provide assistance for improvement.

  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LAW, MEDICINE & ETHICS
    www.aslme.org

    The American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics is a nonprofit educational and research organization which "provides a forum for high-quality debate, scholarship, and critical thought for the community of professionals at the nexus of law, health care, and ethics. [They've] been fulfilling this mission since the Society was founded in 1911.... ASLME's membership includes attorneys, physicians, ethicists, nurses, allied health professionals, hospital administrators, risk managers, social workers, academics, and students who come together to examine the crucial questions of our times."

    "ASLME has engaged in and helped shaped the dialogue at the national level, dealing with such varied issues as managed care decision making and utilization, medical record privacy, pediatric controversies, end-of-life decision making, implications of the human genome project, and pain undertreatment."

  • CALIFORNIA NURSES FOR ETHICAL STANDARDS
    https://ethicalnurses.org/

    California Nurses for Ethical Standards is committed to:
    Promote ethical standards of health care provided by nurses and other health care workers in health care facilities, in our communities, in our schools and in service to families through education, research, and training;
    Promote respect for the dignity and value of all human life including that of the preborn, newborn, physically and mentally disabled, aged and dying;
    Be advocates for the protection of rights of conscience;

  • NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ELDER LAW ATTORNEYS
    www.naela.org

    The mission of NAELA is to enable elder law attorneys to identify and meet client needs through the exchange of ideas and information on substantive elder law issues and the management of successful elder law practices. NAELA promotes improvement in substantive law, legal education, and ethical guidelines in serving older persons. NAELA serves as a key public policy advocate on behalf of older persons.

  • JOINT COMMISSION ON ACCREDITATION
    OF HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS (The Joint Commission)
    www.The Joint Commission.org

    The Joint Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations sets quality assurance standards of care for all types of healthcare facilities and organizations. If the hospice agency your loved one is using is "Joint Commission accreditted," then they have to comply with even higher standards than the State and Federal Government require! Healthcare agencies proudly display plaques certifying that they are "The Joint Commission accreditted" and will be eager to avoid any loss of this certification by providing you with appropriate care. If a The Joint Commission accredited healthcare agency/hospice refuses to provide appropriate care, you should make a complaint to The Joint Commission's offices. You can directly make a complaint over the Internet by accessing The Joint Commission's website above and clicking on the "General Public Menu" and then clicking on the "Reporting a Complaint" selection you will see. Also, you can write to The Joint Commission at: 1 Renaissance Boulevard, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois 60181 Tel. 630-916-5800 Fax. 630-792-5005



Mental Health Related Sites


  • NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
    www.nimh.nih.gov/

    The National Institute of Mental Health provides information on all aspects of mental health care and treatment, offers the latest information from NIMH about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of various mental illnesses. Included are brochures and information sheets, reports, press releases, fact sheets, and other educational materials. Information is available in both English and Spanish. If you know anyone suffering from depression, anxiety or other psychological problems, this is a wonderful resource to get help.



  • Nursing Related Sites


    • ALLNURSES.COM
      www.allnurses.com

      An excellent resource listing many nursing websites, information for just about any specialty in nursing.

    • AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION - NURSINGWORLD
      www.nursingworld.org/

      The American Nurses Association is the primary professional nurses association in our country, with links to many other important sites, resources and publications. The ANA works to promote quality professional nursing and to advance the cause of ethical nursing care which provides high quality nursing care to the public.

    • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PAIN MANAGEMENT NURSES
      www.aspmn.org

      The American Society of Pain Management Nurses is an organization of professional nurses dedicated to promoting and providing optimal care of patients with pain, including the management of its sequelae. This is accomplished through education, standards, advocacy, and research. You can obtain nursing pain management standards of care from ASPMN.
      Tel. 888-342-7766

    • CALIFORNIA NURSES FOR ETHICAL STANDARDS
      www.ethicalnurses.org/

      California Nurses for Ethical Standards is committed to:
      Promote ethical standards of health care provided by nurses and other health care workers in health care facilities, in our communities, in our schools and in service to families through education, research, and training;
      Promote respect for the dignity and value of all human life including that of the preborn, newborn, physically and mentally disabled, aged and dying;
      Be advocates for the protection of rights of conscience;

    • HPNA - HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE NURSES ASSOCIATION
      https://advancingexpertcare.org/

      The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is the leading association for professional nurses working in the hospice industry. This is the place for professional hospice nurses to get up to date information on the latest developments in the field, information on standards of care, practice, publications and links to other important sites.

    • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PRO-LIFE NURSES
      www.nursesforlife.org

      NAPN's mission statement is: "To promote a respect for every life from conception to natural death and to affirm that destroying that life for whatever reason and by whatever means has no place in good nursing practice."

    • NURSE PORTAL
      www.nurseportal.net

      Nurse Portal has several hundred links to sites related to nursing including all state boards of nursing, nursing organizations and specialties, nursing education, nursing blogs and forums as well as many others.

    • NURSINGCENTER.COM
      www.nursingcenter.com

      NursingCenter.com offers a wide variety of resources for nurses in practice, education, research, and nursing students. Features include interactive Continuing Education offerings; Reuters-delivered healthcare newsfeeds; search capability; enormous information resources and services to the nursing community, including many nursing journal articles from numerous leading publications. targeted peer consultation forums, professional career opportunities; databases of nursing organizations; and Continuing Education requirements of State Boards of Nursing.



    Pain Related Sites


    • AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PAIN MEDICINE
      www.painmed.org

      The mission of the American Academy of Pain Medicine is to provide for quality care to patients suffering with pain, through the education and training of all physicians, through research, and through the advancement of the specialty of Pain Medicine. Tel. 847-375-4731

    • AMERICAN CHRONIC PAIN ASSOCIATION
      www.theacpa.org/

      Provides peer support and coping skills to anyone with chronic pain.

    • AMERICAN PAIN SOCIETY
      www.ampainsoc.org

      "The AMERICAN PAIN SOCIETY(APS) is a multi-disciplinary organization of basic and clinical scientists, practicing clinicians, policy analysts, and others. The mission of the American Pain Society is to advance pain-related research, education, treatment and professional practice. The society was founded in 1978 as a national chapter of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and now includes more than 3,800 physicians, nurses, psychologists, dentists, basic scientists,pharmacologists, therapists and social workers who research and treat pain and advocate for patients with pain. You can search for a pain treatment facility. They have much vital information about pain management, including treating pain at the end of life, and a large listing of other pain management resources for pain patients. An important resource!



    Public Policy and Access to Political and Government Representative Sites


    • THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY
      www.publicintegrity.org

      One of the most important books on the media and public policy:
      Off The Record
      What Media Corporations Don't Tell You
      About Their Legislative Agendas

      Washington, DC 2000
      A revealing inside look at how the media not only reports the news and events of our society, but actually influences the government and public opinion intentionally. If you ever wonder why you don't read, see or hear of many important stories affecting our nation, important stories about hospice as well, then get a copy of this book. Some consider the media a "fourth" branch of government, because its ability to influence public policy is so pervasive.

      You can purchase a copy at the Center's website at www.publicintegrity.org Charles Lewis is the Executive Director of The Center and is a former producer of the CBS News program 60 Minutes.

    • FIND YOUR CONGRESSMEN - USA.GOV
      https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials

      Email is not effective in communicating with the US Congressional Representatives and Sentators. If you want results, please send them a hard copy letter by US Mail! They get hundreds of thousands of emails and often cannot even look at them.






    Social Worker Related Websites

    • SOCIETY FOR SOCIAL WORK LEADERSHIP
      IN HEALTH CARE

      www.sswlhc.org

      "The Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care is an association, 1500 members strong, dedicated to promoting the universal availability, accessibility, coordination, and effectiveness of health care that addresses the psychosocial components of health and illness. Vision: To model and promote excellence of social work leadership in health care. Mission Statement: To be the primary professional organization that leads, promotes, develops, and supports social work values, practice, and leadership in health care." This Society is directly associated with the well-known American Hospital Association which advocates for the interests of hospitals nationwide.







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