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MedlinePlus is a free Web site that provides consumer health information for patients, families, and health care providers. MedlinePlus brings together quality 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 MedlinePlus.

MedlinePlus launched in 1998, providing the public with access to a selective and reliable collection of consumer health information on the Web. The site is updated daily. Materials in MedlinePlus must meet rigorous quality guidelines before they appear on the site. There is no advertising on the site, and MedlinePlus does not endorse companies or products.

MedlinePlus includes a companion site, MedlinePlus en español, which offers similar content for the Spanish-speaking community. Each year, over 125 million people from around the world use MedlinePlus.

MedlinePlus contains:

The MedlinePlus partner site, Go Local, links users from the health information in MedlinePlus to health services in their local communities.



Throughout its history, the National Library of Medicine traditionally focused its programs and services on health care professionals. During the late 1990s, the Library recognized that the general public was becoming a very important user group, due to the increasing availability of Internet access. [1] This new user group needed access to reliable health information in a consumer-friendly, Web-based format,[2] and 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, MedlinePlus has grown to approximately 800 health topics in English and Spanish and also includes links to health information in over 40 other languages.

Since its inception, MedlinePlus has received numerous awards and media recognition for its quality and usefulness to the public, and the site continually scores highly in the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI).


  1. ^ Miller N, Lacroix EM, Backus J. MEDLINEplus: building and maintaining the National Library of Medicine's consumer health Web service. Bulletin of the Medical Library Association [Internet]. 2000 Jan [cited 2009 May 26];88(1):11-7. Available from:
  2. ^ Marill JL, Miller N, Kitendaugh P. The MedlinePlus public user interface: studies of design challenges and opportunities. Journal of the Medical Library Association [Internet]. 2006 Jan. [cited 2009 May 26];94(1):30-40. Available from:


  • Miller N, Lacroix EM, Backus J. The making of Medlineplus. Public Libraries. 2001 Mar-Apr;40(2):111-3.

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