Library of Resources for Women’s Health

Effective Health Care Program

The AHRQ Library of Resources for Women’s Health offers important research updates and educational information to help with the management of diseases and conditions.

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This Library of Resources offers important research updates and educational information to enhance our understanding and response to women’s unique health needs and empower women to be more informed and engaged in health care decisions. In addition to cancer and heart disease, health concerns unique to women, such as pregnancy and gynecologic care are also included:

Cancer

Cancer is a term for a large group of different diseases, all involving unregulated cell growth. Cancers are described based on the origin of the tumor, including:

  • Carcinoma: cancers derived from epithelial cells, such as the breast
  • Sarcoma: cancers arising from connective tissue
  • Lymphoma and leukemia: cancers arising from hematopoietic cells that leave the marrow and tend to mature in the lymph nodes and blood, respectively
  • Germ cell tumor: cancers derived from pluripotent cells, most often presenting in the ovary
  • Blastoma: cancers derived from immature precursor cells or embryonic tissue

Resources for Clinicians

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews:

Other Research Reports:

Clinician Research Summaries:

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Resources for Patients

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Diabetes

Diabetes Mellitus, often referred to simply as diabetes, is a group of metabolic diseases in which there are high levels of sugar in the blood, either because the body does not produce enough insulin or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes.

Resources for Clinicians

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews:

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Genitourinary Conditions

Genitourinary conditions affect the parts of the body that play a role in reproduction, as well as those that produce and eliminate waste products in the form of urine.

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Resources for Clinicians

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews:

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Slide Library:

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Patient Treatment Summaries:

Patient Decision Aids:

Podcasts:

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Gynecology

Gynecological disorders affect the female reproductive system (uterus, vagina and ovaries). Some problems can affect the proper functioning of the reproductive system and may affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant.

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Heart and Blood Vessel Conditions

A variety of diseases can affect the heart and vasculature, including:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertensive heart disease
  • Inflammatory heart disease

Resources for Clinicians

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews:

Clinician Research Summaries:

CME/CE Activities:

Slide Library:

Webcasts:

Resources for Patients

Patient Treatment Summaries:

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Mental Health

Chronic mental health issues, such as depression and schizophrenia, can be debilitating for those who experience them and distressing for family members and caregivers. While the exact cause of these diseases remains unclear, it is thought that a combination of neurotransmitter imbalances plus genetic predisposition may contribute.

Resources for Clinicians

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews:

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Muscle, Bone, and Joint Conditions

Rheumatic or musculoskeletal conditions comprise more than 150 diseases and syndromes. Those conditions with the greatest impact on society include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis.

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Resources for Patients

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Patient Treatment Summaries:

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Pregnancy and Childbirth

Throughout a healthy pregnancy and childbirth, a woman faces many health care decisions that impact both her health and the health of her baby. Additionally, some women have health problems before they become pregnant that could lead to complications. Other problems arise during the pregnancy.

Resources for Clinicians

Comparative Effectiveness Reviews:

Other Research Reports:

Clinician Research Summaries:

CME/CE Activities:

Slide Library:

Webcasts:

Resources for Patients

Patient Treatment Summaries:

Podcasts:

English

Spanish

Advice Columns:

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AHRQ's Effective Health Care Program is a leading resource for evidence-based, comparative effectiveness research on heart disease. AHRQ is providing this library of resources for health professionals and patients to help them compare and discuss treatment options in order to make more informed decisions and improve the quality of their health care. These resources are the latest in a series of AHRQ's growing library of free English- and Spanish-language publications that review the scientific evidence on various health conditions so patients and clinicians can work together to learn more about the benefits and risks of different treatment options.

These free AHRQ resources can be downloaded from this site or ordered by contacting the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at AHRQPubs@ahrq.hhs.gov or at 1-800-358-9295. When ordering, use the publication number and the code AHRQ C-01, which will expedite the ordering process.

Page last reviewed November 2013
Internet Citation: Library of Resources for Women’s Health: Effective Health Care Program. November 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/ehclibrary/women/index.html