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Title:Factors Affecting the Provision of Consumer Health Information in Public Libraries: The Last Five Years
Author(s):Gillaspy, Mary L.
Subject(s):Consumer health information
Health information
Public services (Libraries)
Abstract:Between 2000 and 2005 several changes have created an impact on libraries that provide consumer health information to the public. They include increased Internet connectivity; quality and amount of consumer health information available; realization that American lifestyles are leading to health problems; maturation of the consumer health movement and greater acceptance of it among health care professionals; emphasis on health literacy; and September 11th. Some changes were notable in 2000 but remain issues for providers of consumer health information. They include the number of health news items available in all media; the aging baby boomers and their impact on health care financing; less time for physicians and nurses to provide health information and patient education during regular office visits; and the popularity of complementary therapies. The impact of these issues on the provision of health information in U.S. public libraries is discussed.
Issue Date:2005
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In Library Trends 53(3) Winter 2005: 480-495.
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 2005.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-24

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