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Characteristics of information seeking behavior of academically-prepared health educators

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Title: Characteristics of information seeking behavior of academically-prepared health educators
Author(s): Hicks, Elaine R.
Subject(s): health education, information seeking, health education areas of responsiblity, health education competency, public health, information seeking model
Abstract: Librarians like to know how professionals find and use information and have extensively studied the information-seeking behaviors of a variety of professions, including those involved with the sciences. This paper examines the information seeking behavior of health educators, an important occupational segment of the health/medical care community of practitioners. The investigation sought to apply a general information seeking behavioral model of professionals to health education standards of practice to understand the characteristics of information needs. Structured interviews of a small set of Illinois health educators were analyzed to understand information needs by role and area of responsibility. This is important from both an academic and a practice perspective. Academically, this investigation will add to the body of knowledge of information seeking among health educators. It also has the opportunity to improve both information literacy and health education programs by creating a venue for librarians and health educators to work collaboratively.
Issue Date: 2009-05-09
Citation Info: Hicks ER. Characteristics of information seeking behavior of academically-prepared health educators., 2009.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/13597
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: not peer reviewed
Rights Information: Copyright 2009 by Elaine R. HIcks
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-08-14
 

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