Implications for Patient Care
Resources used for the December 2, 2008 Library Grand Rounds:
I. Reliable Resources for Health Information
- Consumer Health Library at Matthews Fuller Library
- Health Education Center
- Center for Shared Decision Making
- Women’s Health Resource Center
This web site, developed by the National Library of Medicine, brings together extensive information on health topics and drugs and supplements as well as a medical encyclopedia and dictionary.
- Biomedical Libraries Consumer Health Information Research Guide
Links to online health information resources organized by categories, such as General Health, Healthy Lifestyle, Drug Information, Senior Health and more.
- Questions to ask your doctor (from AHRQ)
The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) has developed a "Questions Are the Answer" site which advises patients on taking an active role in their healthcare. The site includes a "Build Your Questions List."
II. Drug Information Resources
- Drug Information Portal
This resource provides the public, healthcare professionals, and researchers with a gateway to current and accurate drug information for over 16,000 drugs from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies.
- MedlinePlus: Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
Consumer information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbs and supplements.
- Biomedical Libraries Consumer Health Information: Drug Information
A compilation of drug information sites created by librarians at the Biomedical Libraries.
- Consumer Education: Over-the-Counter Medicine
Materials produced by the Food and Drug Administration to help patients choose and use over-the-counter medications wisely.
- Over-the-Counter Medicines: What's Right for You?
Food and Drug Administration web site advising consumers about using over-the-counter medications. Also available as a pamphlet .
III. How are health consumers searching the web for health information?
- Online Health Search 2006
Results of a 2006 national survey by the PEW Internet & American Life Project on how American internet users have searched for health information.
- Information Searches that Solve Problems: How People Use the Internet, Libraries, and Government Agencies When They Need Help
A report of results from a national survey that looks at how people use a variety of information sources to help them address some common problems including dealing with a serious illness or health concern. The report was issued Dec. 30, 2007 jointly by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
- The Engaged E-patient Population
An August 2008 column from Susannah Fox, Associate Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project summarizing results from several surveys done to determine how American internet users find health information.
- Recruit doctors. Let e-patients lead. Go mobile.
Remarks by Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet & American Life Project at the Health 2.0 conference in San Diego, CA, on March 4, 2008.
- The Health Literacy of America’s Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy
The Health Literacy of America’s Adults is the first release of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) health literacy results. The results are based on assessment tasks designed specifically to measure the health literacy of adults living in the United States. Health literacy was reported using four performance levels: Below Basic, Basic, Intermediate, and Proficient.