Multimedia resources for medical and patient education are now becoming more widely available. MedlinePlus® is a leader in providing high-quality illustrations and videos to consumers for patient education. Another source for timely, authoritative videos is Medpedia, the online collaborative medical encyclopedia first released in February, 2009. Medpedia’s video collection now contains over 300 topics.
Medpedia’s collection of videos originates from several sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. The videos appear within associated articles, but are currently not presented as a separate collection, as they are on MedlinePlus®. For easy access, bookmark the Articles with Video index.
Medpedia video topics range from specific drugs and surgical procedures to conditions and broad general discussions, suitable for clinicians or consumers. According to Medpedia’s FAQs, and in keeping with the Medpedia wiki model for sharing and advancing knowledge, there are no restrictions to linking for sharing with patients or others.
~ Andrea Ketchum