Health information-literacy

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Health information-literacy

  1. 1. Health Information Literacy The American Corner Yerevan (ACY) Saturday 7 July, 2012 Charles J Greenberg Special Projects Librarian Yale Medical Library Fulbright Specialist, Yerevan, Armenia 21 June – 10 July, 2012
  2. 2. Terminology• Health Literacy –An individuals ability to read, understand and use healthcare information to make decisions and follow instructions for treatment 2 CONFIDENTIAL
  3. 3. Terminology• What are basic health literacy tasks? Understanding doctors instructions Following the directions on a prescription pill container 3 CONFIDENTIAL
  4. 4. Health Literacy Video http://vimeo.com/34584020 4
  5. 5. Terminology• Information Literacy –competencies that enables individuals to recognize needs for information, and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information 5 effectively CONFIDENTIAL
  6. 6. Information Literacy andLibrary Research•locate, evaluate, and use informationeffectively 6
  7. 7. Information Literacy Video What is a citation? • by Khue Duonghttp://vimeo.com/25463298 7
  8. 8. Health Literacy +Information Literacy = 8
  9. 9. HealthInformation Literacy 9
  10. 10. Health Information Literacy• Recognize a health information need• Identify information sources• Assess the quality of the information• Understand and use the information to make decisions 10
  11. 11. Health Information LiteracyRecognize a health information need Having Health Problems by dobrienhttp://vimeo.com/2369694 11
  12. 12. Health Information Literacy Identify information sources“80% of internet users, or 59% of U.S.adults, look online for health information.”http://www.pewinternet.org/Commentary/2011/November/Pew-Internet-Health.aspx 12
  13. 13. Health Information LiteracyAssess the quality of the information ? 13
  14. 14. Health Information LiteracyUnderstand and use the information to make decisions ? 14
  15. 15. Focus this Week• Health Information Literacy – assess the quality of the information. Assessing the quality of Information found on web sites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMb0_5pI-u4&feature=related 15 CONFIDENTIAL
  16. 16. Where can you learn how to assess health web sites?•Health on the Net Foundation (NGO) •http://healthonnet.org/•US National Library of Medicine-MedlinePlus •http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/criteria.html•US National Center for Complementaryand Alternative Medicine •http://nccam.nih.gov/health/webresources/ 16
  17. 17. Health on the Net Foundation http://www.hon.ch/ 17 CONFIDENTIAL
  18. 18. Health on the Net (HON) Code 18 CONFIDENTIAL
  19. 19. HON Evaluation Criteria•Authoritative- author qualifications•Complementary- does not replace experts•Privacy & Confidentiality•Attribution- sources for statements•Justifiability- back up claims•Transparency- identities and contacts•Financial disclosure•Advertising policy- Ads labeled? 19 CONFIDENTIAL
  20. 20. Some Problematic Sites•http://www.healthcentral.com/•http://www.hepc-connection.org/•http://www.sleepeducation.com/ 20 CONFIDENTIAL
  21. 21. Recommendations for Consumers (everybody!)•Start with a Medical Library web site thatevaluates and recommends healthinformation. www.medlib.am, www.medlineplus.gov , www.mayoclinic.org•When find out about a health website, remember that a web site must neverreplace your relationship with your physician.•Ask librarians for assistance in using healthinformation web sites. 21 CONFIDENTIAL
  22. 22. Recommendations for Librarians•Always do a formal evaluation of ahealth web site according to HON orother criteria before adding a link.•Google will offer paid ads and frequentlycited pages. If you search Google for ahealth topic, look at the first page ofresults for either MedlinePlus orMayoClinic links.•Build library web pages that teach healthinformation literacy and try teaching ityourself. 22 CONFIDENTIAL
  23. 23. Thank you!A PDF of this presentation, and a copyof the evaluation form used in my libraryschool class is available onhttp://www.hyelibrarians.net/materials 23

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