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Health Literacy for the Consumer Mary Klatt, M.A.L.S. What we will cover What is “Health Information?” Where can the public get health information Types of questions Ethical & legal aspects Core print collection, weeding Core websites Evaluating Internet resources Health-E Illinois

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Health Literacy

for the

Consumer

Mary Klatt, M.A.L.S.

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what we will cover
What we will cover
  • What is “Health Information?”
  • Where can the public get health information
  • Types of questions
  • Ethical & legal aspects
  • Core print collection, weeding
  • Core websites
  • Evaluating Internet resources
  • Health-E Illinois

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goals
Goals

Participants will be able:

  • To identify primary consumer health resources
  • To locate information on diseases, drugs, and other medical topics. Be introduced to basic print and Internet websites
  • To evaluate websites that contain health information
  • To find services and providers in the state of Illinois by disease, condition or location

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Health Information…

what does that mean?

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Health Information means…

KNOWLEDGE

  • Warning signs
  • Do I need to see a doctor?
  • How can the doctor help me?

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Health Information means…

EMPOWERMENT

  • Medication:
    • Why am I taking this?
    • How will this help me?

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Health Information means…

INVOLVEMENT

  • I have a say in my healthcare
  • I can help keep myself safe from medical error.
  • I can make informed decisions

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definitions
Definitions
  • Consumer Health Information

“Information on health and medical topics provided in response to requests from the general public, including patients and their families.”

  • Patient Education

“…a planned activity, initiated by the health care professional, whose aim is to impart knowledge, attitudes and skills with the specific goal of changing behavior, increasing compliance with therapy and, thereby, improving health.”

http://caphis.mlanet.org/resources/caphis_statement.html

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Definitions
  • Health Information literacy

“The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.[‘

http://www.healthypeople.gov/Document/HTML/Volume1/07Ed.htm

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types of questions
Types of Questions

I need information on:

  • A disease or condition
  • Medical tests / Medical procedures
  • Medication/drug information
  • Utilization of health care services
  • Newspaper article or report (television, radio)

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Where can I get health information?
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Clinic

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What about the Internet?
  • Yes, but…
    • Evaluate the information you find
    • Be sure you are getting GOOD information

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What makes good information?
  • Authority
  • Quality
  • Trustworthy
  • Evidence
  • Unbiased
  • Private

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Authority
  • Who wrote this?
  • Do I know they can be trusted, or do they just say they can be trusted?

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Quality
  • Is someone backing this up?
    • School, Clinic or Government?
  • How new is this information?

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Trustworthy
  • Too good to be true?
  • Confusing “scientific” language?
  • Only site making this claim?

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Evidence
  • Is there Proof?
  • Can I trust it?

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Unbiased
  • Selling me something?

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Private
  • My health information should be private
  • Is there a privacy policy?

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What if I’m not sure?
  • Ask your doctor or nurse

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Useful Internet resources:
  • Where do I begin?

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MedlinePlus www.medlineplus.gov
  • Safe, trustworthy information
  • From the U.S. Government
  • More detailed information

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NIH Senior Health www.nihseniorhealth.gov
  • Information for older adults from the U.S. National Institutes of Health

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KidsHealth www.kidshealth.org
  • Easy-to-understand
  • Information for kids, teens…
    • and their parents

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cancer gov
Cancer.gov
  • http://www.cancer.gov
  • Types of cancer
  • Treatments and clinical trials
  • Screeing and testing
  • Cancer statistics

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federal drug administration
Federal Drug Administration
  • www.fda.gov
  • Food – safety, allergens, food bourne illness
  • Drugs – regulations and drug information
  • Medical Devices – Choosing a device, problems with devices, recalls
  • Biologics – vaccines, tissues, gene therapy

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centers for disease control
Centers for Disease Control
  • www.cdc.gov
  • Diseases & Conditions
  • Healthy Living – immunizations, smoking prevention, exercise
  • Emergency preparedness – bioterrorism
  • Environmental Health
  • Traveler’s Health
  • National Center for Health Statistics

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KidsHealth www.kidshealth.org
  • Easy-to-understand
  • Information for kids, teens…
    • and their parents

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healthy web surfing
Healthy Web Surfing
  • Source
  • Quality
  • Be skeptical
  • Currency
  • Site purpose
  • Privacy

Questions/concerns to health care professional

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loyola university health sciences library june 1 2007

Health-E Illinois

Go Local: A National Library of Medicine Project

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June 1, 2007

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Overview

  • "Go Local" links accessed from MedlinePlus health topic
  • web pages enable a user to find related health service
  • providers in their area.
    • MedlinePlus Breast Cancer page will direct users to Cancer
    • Clinics, Oncologists, Support Groups, etc. on the local state site
    • {Health-E Illinois}.
    • Services include hospitals, physicians, nursing homes, support
    • groups, health screening providers and many others.

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Access directly from MedlinePlus

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Health Information + Local Resources

  • MedlinePlus
  • NIH consumer literature
  • News
  • Nutrition
  • Directories
  • MEDLINE search
  • ClinicalTrials.gov
  • Genetics Research
  • Statistics
  • Financial Issues
  • Health-E Illinois
  • Featured Site
  • Search Functions:
    • Location
    • Health Care Providers
    • Programs and Facilities
    • Services for Diseases and
    • Health Issues
    • Topics

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Go Local Nationally

18 states active 8 in projects in development

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Health-E Illinois

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Welcome

Search by Location

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Search by Providers, Facilities, and Services

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Topic Search

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Results

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Results

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Contents

5,750 Records

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Contents

  • 740 Health Topics
    • Diabetes, Cancer, Senior Health, etc…
    • Condensed for simpler indexing.
  • 161 Service Terms
    • Facilities, People, Programs
    • Blood Banks, Allergists, Health Screenings, etc…

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Assigning Terms

Service Term > Topic Term

Advocacy > Autism

Health Education Programs > Autism

Referral Services > Autism

Support Groups > Autism

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Translating into results

Advocacy > Autism

Health Education Programs > Autism

Referral Services > Autism

Support Groups > Autism

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Sources

  • Professional Associations
  • Government Funds Recipient Lists
  • Illinois Department of Public Health
  • HealthInfo Central Illinois Database
  • Commercial Directories
  • Homegrown lists from hospital referral services

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http://library.luhs.org/GoLocal/

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health e illinois
Health-E Illinois
  • http://medlineplus.gov/illinois

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