Patient Education

Your health and well-being depend on the choices you make every day. Take the best possible care of yourself and your family with information about the health topics that matter to you.

Visit our online health library to:

  • Get tips about back care, fitness, nutrition, stress management and more.
  • Learn about your conditions, treatments and the services or procedures you may need.
  • Find ways to keep your family healthy at any age.
  • Use tools like the symptom checker, interactive quizzes and health-related calculators.
  • Listen to audio podcasts and watch videos.

Educational handouts by medical service


Topic index (Anesthesiology)

Topic index (Pain medicine)


Topic index (Seattle Cancer Care Alliance)


Breast Care

Topic index | Article: healthy breast care


Children's Care

Topic index


Fertility Care


Gynecology Care


Maternity Care

Growing together:

Nutrition in pregnancy:

Prenatal care:

Prenatal diagnosis and testing:

Preterm labor and birth:

Twins, triplets and more:

Special health concerns during pregnancy:

Labor and birth:

Breastfeeding and lactation:

Caring for your baby:

Caring for yourself after delivery:

Miscarriage, loss and grief:


Pelvic Care


Topic index (Diabetes)

Topic index (Endocrinology)


Topic index (Digestive disorders)

Topic index (Liver, biliary, pancreatic disorders)

Topic index (Bariatrics and weight loss management)


Topic index (Trauma)

Topic index (Burn)

Topic index (Non-traumatic injuries)


Topic index (Laboratory medicine)

Topic index (Pathology)


Topic index (Orthopedic surgery)

Topic index (Sports medicine)


Health maintenance exams, screenings and vaccines for adults:

The below guidelines are for patients of average risk. Have a preventive health visit every two years or as requested by your primary care provider. Talk to your provider if you have a family history of cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke; might need any vaccinations; have low energy or weight concerns; or smoke cigarettes or are exposed to others who smoke. We recommend the following:

​Men and women:

  • Blood pressure check at each routine visit
  • Body mass index (BMI) check at each routine visit ​
  • ​Cholesterol (blood lipid profile) screening every five years beginning at age 45 for women, age 35 for men
  • Colon cancer screenings beginning at age 50
  • Eye exams every two years
  • Hepatitis C: One-time screening recommended for those born between 1945-1965​
  • HIV: One-time between the ages of 15-65 and all pregnant women

Women only:

  • Mammograms: Talk to your primary care provider about your risk between the ages of 40-49, then every two years from ages 50-74
  • Pap tests every three years from ages 21-65​

Health maintenance exams, screenings and vaccines for children:

Well-child visits are a key component to keeping children healthy and monitoring their development. During a well-child exam, your child’s physician will complete a physical exam and ask you about things at home, such as nutrition and sleep. These visits may also include other screening tests and immunizations. We recommend well-child visits at the following ages:


Topic index (Surgery)

Topic index (Plastic surgery)