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Information Resources for Medical Students: Health Outcomes and Policy

Health Outcomes and Policy Resources

This page contains resource links and videos to help find health outcomes and policy research projects.  Due to the nature of these projects and the type of data on which they often rely, "grey" sites are often used- these are sites that are not peer reviewed publications.  Rather, they may contain statistical information, details on laws, regulations, and policies, that can be gleaned from reliable websites.  Resources below may be helpful in seeking out information to answer HOP-related questions. 

Health Outcomes and Policy Video Series

Glossary Resources

Specific Journals

There are numerous peer-reviewed journals that you are encouraged to consult, and you can search within these journals using the library’s E-Journals- the journals are here linked to the library catalog.  Examples include:

Health Affairs

Health Services Research

Journal of the American Medical Association

Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law

Medical Care

Medical Decision Making

Medicare and Medicaid Research Review

Milbank Quarterly

New England Journal of Medicine


Commonly Cited Health Care Data

Health, United States, National Center for Health Statistics:

Health Insurance Coverage in the United States, U.S. Census Bureau:

National Health Expenditure Data, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System:

OECD Health Statistics – Frequently Requested Data:

Kaiser Family Foundation – State Health Facts:

Healthcare Bluebook- Provides general estimates on costs of procedures.

Note: these sites will be updated and changed based on changes in policy, pressing health issues, and other emergent concerns so be sure to document when you visit and don't expect that the home page story will always be the same.


Health Policy/Reform Specific

U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

Kaiser Family Foundation – Health Reform:

New England Journal of Medicine Health Policy and Reform:

JAMA - Health Care Reform:

Urban Institute:

Commonwealth Fund – Affordable Care Act Reforms:

Commonwealth Fund – Health Reform Resource Center:


Health Care in Florida


Florida Agency for Health Care Administration: 

Florida Department of Health: 

Health Insurance and Health Maintenance Organization Consumer's Guide:

Florida KidCare: 

Florida Healthy Kids: 

Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield (Florida Blue): Helpful in providing costs for certain medications. 

Consumer-Oriented Insurance Information

Evaluating Information

Here are some resources that may be useful when evaluating online information.

GATOR is an acronym to help you remember important components of website evaluation.

Trustworthy Origin

Genuine -

Is the website or resource authentic? Look for the identity of the site sponsor and the length of time the site has been up.

Accurate -

Is the material free from error? Error may be from misinformation or from a lack of updating to represent new discoveries. Is the website current? When was it last updated?

Trustworthy -

Is the information true and reliable? Look for references. Consider the author's credentials and affiliations with academic, non-profit, and government organizations.

Origin -

Origin means the producer of the material. Is the information produced by a reputable hospital or pharmaceutical company.

Readability -

This refers to the ease with which you can read the material. Is it too elementary, too technical, or too advanced?

Reference: Educating patients to evaluate web-based health care information: the GATOR approach to healthy surfing. Weber BA, Derrico DJ, Yoon SL, Sherwill-Navarro P. J Clin Nurs. 2009 Jun 17. HONcode - Health on the Net Foundation

Other Sources/Websites

Government reports and websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention- 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-

Health Resources and Services Administration-

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services-

U.S. Government Accountability Office-

U.S. Congressional Budget Office-

U.S. Government -- The House of Representatives:

U.S. Government -- The Senate:

U.S. Government -- The White House:

University of Florida Home Page

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