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Training the Health Information Seeker: Quality Issues in Health Information Web Sites

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Title: Training the Health Information Seeker: Quality Issues in Health Information Web Sites
Author(s): Crespo, Javier
Subject(s): Consumer health information Health information Public services (Libraries)
Abstract: This article explores evaluation issues in online consumer health information within the context of librarians as educators and intermediaries. Literature on Internet and health information seekers reveals that health information returned by search engines is generally accepted without critical appraisal. Reported and observational studies of users show a disconnect between what users say they know and their actions in finding and assessing the appropriateness of health information. A growing body of literature assessing the accuracy, comprehensiveness, and attribution reporting of health information finds these areas lacking and contributing to the poor assessment of quality. Several quality initiatives representative of available criteria sets, accreditation bodies, and teaching aids are discussed. A rationale for providing some type of evaluative or critical appraisal component is offered.
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In Library Trends 53(2) Fall 2004: 360-374.
Genre: Article
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1732
ISSN: 0024-2594
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2004.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-24
 

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