MedlinePlus is an online information service produced by the
- Official website
- "Medlineplus.gov en español" (in Spanish).
- "MedlinePlus Statistics".
- Naomi Miller, M.L.S., Systems Librarian, Eve-Marie Lacroix, M.S., Chief, Public Services Division, and Joyce E. B. Backus, M.S.L.S., Systems Librarian (January 2000). "MEDLINEplus: building and maintaining the National Library of Medicine's consumer health Web service". Bulletin of the Medical Library Association (BMLA) 88 (1): 11–7.
- Marill JL, Miller N, Kitendaugh P (January 2006). "The MedlinePlus public user interface: studies of design challenges and opportunities". Journal of the Medical Library Association 94 (1): 30–40.
- Miller N, Lacroix EM, Backus J (Mar–Apr 2001). "The making of Medlineplus". Public Libraries 40 (2): 111–3.
- Miller N, Tyler RJ, Backus JEB (Fall 2004). "MedlinePlus: The National Library of Medicine brings quality information to health consumers" (PDF). Library Trends 53 (2): 375–88. Retrieved 2009-06-08.
- Miles, Alisha (July 2011), "PubMed Health", J Med Libr Assoc 99 (3): 265–266,
- "ACSI Scores for U.S. Federal Government". The American Customer Satisfaction Index. 2010.
MedlinePlus initially provided 22 health topics in English, which eventually expanded to over 800 health topics in English and Spanish, plus links to health information in over 40 languages. The site has received several awards, and been described as, for example, "one of the best places to find medical information". The site scored 84 in the American Customer Satisfaction Index for 2010.
The National Library of Medicine has long provided programs and services for professional medical scientists and health care providers, including the pubmed database and the various services that access it, such as PubMed and Entrez. By the 1990s the general public was increasingly also using these services as Internet access became more usual. But nonprofessional users could benefit from reliable health information in a layperson-accessible format. The National Library of Medicine introduced MedlinePlus in October 1998, to provide a non-commercial online service similar, for example, to the commercial WebMD. In 2010 another NCBI service, PubMed Health, complemented MedlinePlus in offering curated consumer health information; PubMed Health focuses especially on finding information about clinical effectiveness of treatments.
MedlinePlus provides encyclopedic information on health and drug issues, and provides a directory of medical services. MedlinePlus Connect links patients or providers in electronic health record (EHR) systems to related MedlinePlus information on conditions or medications. A mobile site is also available.
The service is funded by the NLM and is free to users.