PubMed Health Website Closing in October

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The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced that it will be retiring its PubMed Health website on October 31, 2018 [1]. The existing content or similar material will subsequently be made available through PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Bookshelf.

PubMed Health

Launched in 2010, PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. The site specializes systematic reviews/clinical effectiveness research (CER), with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. CER finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care. Effectiveness studies are essential for informed clinical and consumer decision making.

Today, PubMed Health makes available more than 41,000 CER results for consumers and clinicians. With the site closure, those results will be made available on PubMed, MedlinePlus, and Bookshelf.

According to the announcement, PubMed has always indexed NLM’s systematic reviews/CER and can be used to search for that content. MedlinePlus can be used to search for consumer health resources.

The NLM discontinued PubMed Commons, a feature that enabled authors to share opinions and information about scientific publications indexed in PubMed, earlier this year due to a low level of participation [2]. With the NLM citing consolidation of resources, it’s likely that PubMed Health also experienced a low enough level of use that they decided not to continue investing in the resource.


  1. PubMed Health to be discontinued October 31, 2018; content will continue to be available at NLM. NCBI Insights. 2018 Jul 31.
  2. PubMed Commons to be Discontinued. NCBI Insights. 2018 Feb 1.
About the Author

Walter Jessen, Ph.D. is a Data Scientist, Digital Biologist, and Knowledge Engineer. His primary focus is to build and support expert systems, including AI (artificial intelligence) and user-generated platforms, and to identify and develop methods to capture, organize, integrate, and make accessible company knowledge. His research interests include disease biology modeling and biomarker identification. He is also a Principal at Highlight Health Media, which publishes Highlight HEALTH, and lead writer at Highlight HEALTH.