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Prescription for Success: Consumer Health Information on the Internet. National Network of Libraries of Medicine http://nnlm.gov Michelle Eberle michelle.eberle@umassmed.edu. Agenda . Consumer Health – then and now MedlinePlus and more… Health literacy PubMed Hands on….

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prescription for success consumer health information on the internet

Prescription for Success: Consumer Health Information on the Internet

National Network of Libraries of Medicine

http://nnlm.gov

Michelle Eberle

michelle.eberle@umassmed.edu

agenda
Agenda
  • Consumer Health – then and now
  • MedlinePlus and more…
  • Health literacy
  • PubMed
  • Hands on…
consumer health then and now
Consumer Health – then and now…
  • 1972 – Patient Bill of Rights
  • 2002 – Pew Internet and American Life
  • 2006 – “Googling for a diagnosis” [BMJ]
  • 2006 – Pew Internet and American Life
    • Only one quarter of online health seekers said they always or usually check the source and date of health information online!
realities of health care today
Realities of health care today
  • Patients are now asked to make decisions about their own disease process.
  • Most patients do not have the tools to make these kinds of decisions
  • Libraries can help!
a rose is a rose
A rose is a rose…
  • “A high degree of intelligence, tact, imagination, and resourcefulness coupled with such a background of education, professional training, and experience will enable the medical librarian to administer a library efficiently and to assist readers in the use of the bibliographic and other materials of his collection.”
  • Lucretia McClure quotes Judity W. Hunt from the first edition of A Handbook of Medical Library Practice (1943)
  • Source: McClure, L. A rose is a rose. JMLA 91(2) April 2003.
health literacy
Health Literacy
  • The ability to read, understand and act on health information [Pfizer 2002]
  • The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions [Healthy People 2010]
pop quiz
Pop Quiz

Open book!

Take 5 minutes to answer the 5 question health literacy quiz. We will review the answers together.

why is health literacy so critical
Why is health literacy so critical?
  • Essential life skill
  • Public health imperative
  • Essential part of social capital
  • Critical economic issue

Source: “Navigating Health: The Role of Health Literacy”, Kickbusch

resources for health literacy
Resources for health literacy
  • MedlinePlus – Easy to read
    • easy to read resources and a how to write easy to read page
    • Ask Me 3, Partnership for Clear Health Communication
      • 1. What is my main problem?
      • 2. What do I need to do?
      • 3. Why is it important for me to do this?
consumer health on the internet
Consumer Health on the Internet
  • The ABC’s of evaluation
    • Accuracy
    • Authority
    • Bias
    • Currency
    • Coverage
    • And, user friendliness
web sites you can trust
Web sites you can trust…
  • MedlinePlus
  • NIH Senior Health
  • Clinical Trials
  • NCCAM
  • National Library of Medicine
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More…
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Dirline
  • Drug Digest
  • Family Doctor
  • Health News in Review
resources for further information
Resources for further information…
  • CAPHIS
  • OERC
  • Public Libraries and Community Partners Working Together to Provide Health Information
  • The Challenge of Providing Consumer Health Information Services in Public Libraries
  • National Network of Libraries of Medicine
thank you
Thank you!

Contact information:

Michelle Eberle

E-mail: michelle.eberle@umassmed.edu

(508) 856-2435 / (800) 338-7657

http://nnlm.gov