The Medical Library Association Guide to Providing Consumer and Patient Health Information (Medical Library Association Books) (Hardcover)

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The Medical Library Association Guide to Providing Consumer and Patient Health Information (Medical Library Association Books) (Hardcover)

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Comprised of fifteen chapters written by experienced consumer health librarians, The Medical Library Association Guide to Providing Consumer and Patient Health Information is designed for library and information science graduate students as well as librarians new to health and medical librarianship, regardless of library setting. It is comprehensive in scope, covering all aspects of consumer and patient health and medical information from their humble, grassroots beginnings to the ever-evolving applications of new technology and social media. In between, the mundane aspects of health and medical librarianship, such as needs assessment, costs, budgeting and funding, and staffing are discussed. Adding richness to this discussion are the coverage of more sensitive topics such as patient-friendly technology, ethical issues in providing consumer and patient health information, meeting the needs of diverse populations, and responding to individuals from various cultural backgrounds. No comprehensive picture of consumer and patient health librarianship would be complete without addressing the critical importance of marketing and strategic partnerships; such discussions round out this invaluable guide.

Patients today must be knowledgeable enough to participate in their health and well-being. Shorter hospital stays, changing reimbursement patterns and the gradual shift towards focusing on proactively maintaining health and managing disease require patients to be informed and actively engaged. Education, information and understanding are important components of actively-engaged patients. Correspondingly, in today's e-world, there is a glut of information resources available through the Internet - from YouTube videos to Googling to blogs and Twitter feeds. What is lacking in these information-rich times is the relevance of meaning and context for those who ask, "Does this health and medical information apply to me and my unique clinical picture?" or "How do I use this information?" As knowledge navigators, information technology wizards and content experts, librarians offer focused responses to individuals' specific and highly personal health and medical information queries. In a new healthcare world order of optimizing health and minimizing hospitalizations, such a service is invaluable.

Sadly, there still exists in our highly networked and technological age an information gap for those who struggle in obtaining meaningful health or medical information. These individuals may be foreign-born, non-English speaking, poor, rural, aged or semi-literate. Whatever their status, librarians must have the wherewith-all to find germane resources and also help create responsive mechanisms to bridge that health information gap for vulnerable citizens. The Medical Library Association Guide to Providing Consumer and Patient Health Information will guide you on the road to providing that response.
Michele Spatz is currently Business Projects and Intelligence Manager for Planetree, a nonprofit healthcare organization devoted to improving both providers and patients' experience of care. She recently completed work on a grant-funded research project identifying patient-centered care practices among high-performing health systems and academic medical centers outside the Planetree network. In addition to her research responsibilities, Michele executes Planetree's special projects, such as the one noted above. Michele received her Masters' Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, and has a certificate in Lean Six Sigma from Villanova University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781442230705
ISBN-10: 1442230703
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: May 1st, 2014
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Medical Library Association Books