An Apple a Day: National Library of
Medicine Consumer Health Resources
Rachel Vukas, MLS
Kansas/Technology Coordinator
Nat...
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
nnlm.gov
Pacific Northwest Region
Pacific Southwest Region
South Central Region
...
MCR - http://nnlm.gov/mcr/
Consumer Health Information
at the Library
 affects health care decisions
 better understanding of
information
 reduces...
NLM Mobile Apps
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/
Online Health Resources
 MedlinePlus –
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/
 Household Products Database -
http://househo...
Thank You!
Rachel Vukas - rvukas@kumc.edu
NN/LM, MCR - http://nnlm.gov/mcr/
Slides at: http://www.slideshare.net
KLA 2013: An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources
KLA 2013: An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources
KLA 2013: An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources
KLA 2013: An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources
KLA 2013: An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources
KLA 2013: An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources
KLA 2013: An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources
KLA 2013: An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources
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  • NN/LM – Outreach arm of NLM - 8 regionsGoal - Promote awareness of, access to, and use of biomedical information resources for health professionals and the public, with a particular emphasis on contributing to the Healthy People 2020 goal of eliminating health disparities.Two major roles in MCR – Kansas representative, promote the products and services of the NLM, provide training on resources, and collaborate with all types of libraries in providing health care information and supporting health literacy.2nd role – promote the use of technology in medical libraries for entire region
  • Activities – monthly webinars on health resources, - be notified of our presentations, subscribe to RML NewsLibrary can become an affiliate member of the network – no cost, receive quarterly newsletter via emailBHIC blog
  • While there is an abundance of health information freely available online, patrons still tend to start their search for health information at the public library, seeking help from their librarian to sort out the good from the bad. According to a study of users of the Consumer Health Library at the Delaware of Academy of Medicine, consumers report that the information found through libraries is very valuable and directly affects their health care decisions. Using the library helped patrons better understand information from their health care provider. 94% of study participants reported that they learned more and 47% felt they understood the information better. Over half of participants reported reduced anxiety about their health issue and many were prompted to take positive action to address their health care concern. 52% asked additional questions. 41% brought new information to their provider. 36% made a decision about treatment and 20% made a change in lifestyle.
  • The National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, created and maintains MedlinePlus to assist you in locating authoritative health information.Designed for consumers – includes information about diseases, condition, and wellness issues in a language library customers can understand.  Easy to access by three main sections – Covers over 900 health topics Videos & cool tools include interactive tutorials explain over 165 procedures and conditions in easy-to-read language.Links to the latest health news on the home page Includes The Merriam-Webster medical dictionary for definitions and spellings of medical terms.
  • Topics present an overview –Includes a list links to related articles in the ADAM medical encyclopedia that contains an extensive library of medical images and videos, as well as over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. 
  • Start Here sectionOptions to get specific information on the topic – Latest News, Diagnosis, symptomsMultiple languages – bilingual PDFPatient Handouts – easily printed
  • Entire site in Spanish - toggle
  • This database links over 12,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers. You can search by a specific chemical, type of product, and brand name. You can find symptoms of exposure to the chemical, first aid, and how to handle and dispose of the product.The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions: What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands? Which products contain specific chemical ingredients? Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer? What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand? What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?
  • Provides current federally approved treatment guidelines for HIV infection and AIDS-related illnesses. – current information on drugs and clinical trialsAIDS-relatedHealth topics, such as staying healthy with HIV, history of HIVeducational materials – Fact sheets – plain language information to supplement the practice guidelinsmobile resources- spanish
  • Over 4 million residents of the United States can claim American Indian or Alaska Native ancestry, in whole or in part. 1 Though far from a homogeneous population, with over 500 tribes, most American Indians are drawn together by core values such as an emphasis on spirituality, a recognition of the sacredness of all living things, and respect for the land and the natural world in general. This Web resource on American Indian Health, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, is designed to bring together health and medical resources pertinent to the American Indian population including policies, consumer health information, and research.Native voices iPad app based on NLM exhibit - Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. The iPad app presents video interviews with tribal elders, healers who practice traditional medicine, Western medicine or a combination of both. View much of the exhibit online
  • Many of the resources we’ve discussed today are available as mobile websites or apps – MedlinePlus, AIDSInfoPubMed Mobile - PubMed includes millions of citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.MyMed List – allows users to electronically manage their medication listsDrug Information Portal Mobile Water Emergency Response for Libraries – basic steps2 unique apps – Health Hotlines – contains almost 9,000 toll-free numbers for biomedical organizations and resourcesReunite - App intended for medical aid and relief workers assisting in family reunification efforts after a disaster, but it can also be used by the general public to report missing and/or found people to the site.
  • Other resources not discussed today – find them at the last link listed here – Handout of resource links – also slides available on slideshare.net
  • I’d be happy to do a presentation on specific topics or resources at your library
  • KLA 2013: An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources

    1. 1. An Apple a Day: National Library of Medicine Consumer Health Resources Rachel Vukas, MLS Kansas/Technology Coordinator National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region A.R. Dykes Library - University of Kansas Medical Center Kansas Library Conference Topeka, KS October 10, 2013
    2. 2. National Network of Libraries of Medicine nnlm.gov Pacific Northwest Region Pacific Southwest Region South Central Region Southeastern/Atlantic Region Greater Midwest Region MidContinental Region Middle Atlantic Region New England Region
    3. 3. MCR - http://nnlm.gov/mcr/
    4. 4. Consumer Health Information at the Library  affects health care decisions  better understanding of information  reduces anxiety about health issue  prompts positive action
    5. 5. NLM Mobile Apps http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/
    6. 6. Online Health Resources  MedlinePlus – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/  Household Products Database - http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/  AIDSInfo - http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/  American Indian Health - http://americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov/  NLM Gallery of Mobile Apps - http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mobile/  NLM Health Info on the Web - http://nnlm.gov/hip/
    7. 7. Thank You! Rachel Vukas - rvukas@kumc.edu NN/LM, MCR - http://nnlm.gov/mcr/ Slides at: http://www.slideshare.net

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