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RML Rendezvous - Health Information Literacy


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RML Rendezvous - Health Information Literacy

  1. 1. Health Information Literacy Pilot Project April-June 2008 Complete report: J Med Libr Assoc. 2009 October; 97(4) 293–301
  2. 2. Purpose of the project <ul><li>Gather data on “administrators’ and hospital-based health care providers’ perceived value of consumer health information resources and of librarians’ roles in promoting health information literacy in their institutions.” (J Med Libr Assoc. 2009 October; 97(4): 293–301 ) </li></ul><ul><li>9 sites selected in the United States and Canada to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Institutions chosen DO NOT currently offer consumer health information services </li></ul>
  3. 3. How we implemented the project <ul><li>3 training sessions at the Billings Clinic, one booth at the annual Employee Health and Safety Fair at Billings Clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Made contact with approximately 150 health care providers </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed literature from both the National Library of Medicine and handouts and flyers developed by the Billings Clinic Library </li></ul><ul><li>We also developed our own version of the InfoRx pad and included those in our packets as well </li></ul>
  4. 4. Readability Example
  5. 5. Examples of our handouts
  6. 6. Original InformationRx form and our modified version
  7. 7. Outcomes <ul><li>As a whole </li></ul><ul><li>Positive, measureable outcomes in raising awareness about the role librarians can play in patient education </li></ul><ul><li>At the Billings Clinic Medical Library </li></ul><ul><li>Increased awareness of the Library’s resources and services as consumer health information providers </li></ul><ul><li>Increased awareness of the costs to both patients and healthcare institutions of health information literacy-and the measureable positive impact consumer health education has financially and in individuals’ personal lives </li></ul>
  8. 8. How has this inspired us?