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This module aims to collect reliable and uptodate resources/tools that patients can easily understand, to help them achieve better health.

Tools for Patients

This page is created to inform patients/families seeking reliable up-to-date health information about a particular disease, condition, drug or wellness issues. Neither the American University of Beirut nor Saab Medical Library can be held responsible or liable for complications, injuries or other accidents arising from the use of information on this site.

Information obtained from any of below resources should NOT be considered as a substitute to a physician’s consultation.  These are simply meant to supplement physician’s instructions, to make you an informed patient by providing reliable health information that you can easily understand:

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Also check out Patient Education @ AUB

The below resources provide evidence based health information for the patients wishing to read about their health issue:

Fact or Fiction is a reliable place for you to get accurate information about health related topics, it is your guide to the science behind health stories in the news.

Get more involved with your health care by asking questions, talking to your doctor, and understanding your condition. Before going to see your doctor, read the below so you can make the best of your time with your doctor:

More than a third of USA adults regularly use internet to self diagnose their ailments, using it both for non-urgent symptoms and for urgent symptoms.  The below are sophisticated programs called symptom checkers that attempt to provide a potential diagnosis for patients and direct them to the appropriate care setting:

Remember that these tools help you identify possible causes for your health problem, they are NOT always 100% accurate, and they do NOT substitute a physician's consultation...


Choosing Wisely is an initiative to help patients engage in conversations about the overuse of tests and procedures to help patients make smart and effective care choices.

The Choosing Wisely lists were created by national medical specialty societies and represent specific, evidence-based recommendations that clinicians and patients should discuss. Each list provides information on when tests and procedures may be appropriate, as well as the methodology used in its creation.

Also, the Choosing Wisely Videos feature physicians, patients, and other health care stakeholders exploring various aspects of this campaign.

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