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Consumer Health Collection


Consumer health information is any information that you need to make informed decisions about your own or your family's health. Access to this information allows participation and choice in health care decision making. The Consumer Health Association of Canada states that consumers of health have the:

  • Right to be informed
  • Right to be respected as an individual with a major responsibility for his or her own health care 
  • Right to participate in decision-making affecting his or her health 
  • Right to equal access to health care regardless of the individual's economic status, sex, age, creed, ethnic origin and location.

To help Manitobans learn more about health and medical topics, the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries offer the Consumer and Patient Health Information Service. This service provides information on health and medical topics such as:

  • Symptoms and descriptions of diseases 
  • Drugs and drug therapies
  • Medical tests 
  • Current treatments and therapies 
  • Nutrition 
  • Surgical procedures 

A librarian, not a health care professional, provides the information. It is not a substitute for consultation with a health professional. If interpretation or medical advice is needed, individuals should contact a physician or another health care professional.



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Neil John Maclean
Health Sciences Library
University of Manitoba
727 McDermot Avenue
Winnipeg, Canada
R3E 3P5

ph. 204-789-3342 
fax.  204-789-3922

Supported by:

Funding to support this service has been provided by a University of Manitoba Major Outreach Award.

Funding to support the collection has been provided by the Dr. Georgina Hogg Endowment Fund.

You can make a difference!

Find out more about how you can make a donation to support the continued development of the Consumer and Patient Health Information Service.