Consumer Health Information Centers in Medical Libraries: A Survey of Current Practices

Sandra Oelschlegel, Ann B. Gonzalez, Elizabeth Frakes

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Abstract

This article summarizes a survey designed to assess consumer health information services in United States medical libraries and describes how survey data informed the planning process for redesigning a medical library. The survey included multiple choice and ranking questions about staffing, space, services, and resources. Identifying characteristics of existing consumer health information services may be useful for libraries implementing or expanding such a service. The importance of patient education is acknowledged through recent research, Joint Commission, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records requirement for patient education. Hospital libraries can play a key role in this domain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-347
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Hospital Librarianship
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2014

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Consumer Health Information Centers in Medical Libraries : A Survey of Current Practices. / Oelschlegel, Sandra; Gonzalez, Ann B.; Frakes, Elizabeth.

In: Journal of Hospital Librarianship, Vol. 14, No. 4, 02.10.2014, p. 335-347.

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