ISSN 1535-7821 Vol. 28 No. 3 2012
Greetings CAPHIS members and readers!
I want to apologize for not getting this edition out sooner. My plan was to send this out soon after MLA Seattle but work and life got ahead of me and here we are already approaching the end of 2012.
First, I want to begin this newsletter by remembering Ysabel Bertolucci, a former member of CAPHIS who we lost on September 6, 2012. Ysabel was Chair, CAPHIS 2009-2010 and most recently Section Council Chair. The MLA Section Council page has a post remembering her, her and her dedication to MLA and it allows members to post messages about their memories of Ysabel. If you would like to read or write a message please visit http://scouncil.mlanet.org/blogs/news/remembering-section-council-chair-ysabel-bertolucci/
YSABEL, WE WILL MISS YOU!
Thank you to the outgoing CAPHIS Board and welcome our new Board Members. For a complete list the incoming Board, you can visit http://caphis.mlanet.org/organization/officers.html
MLA Seattle was a productive meeting for me as well as for CAPHIS. We co-sponsored programs were very successful, we had a productive Board meeting and a great business meeting with presentations about Community Day Awards from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and had fun introducing ourselves to potential new CAPHIS members MLA’s Section Shuffle. We also announced the 2012 Consumer Health Librarian of the Year Award to Janet Schneider. A more detailed article about the award is below.
Our recent past Chair Jana Liebermann previously mentioned that CAPHIS is always looking for members to get involved and you might have signed up to volunteer at MLA. If you did and have not yet received a message from someone from CAPHIS, please resend me your information and areas of interest.
We have many ways for all of our members to become more involved and I want to thank those CAPHIS members who have served and those who are serving in positions right now. If you are interested in any of the positions on the committees and descriptions below, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a brief statement of your interest and any relevant background that you have in the area.Task force for listing of Consumer Health Libraries
Enjoy this edition of CAPHIS Connections, have a wonderful Holiday Season, and see you in 2013!
Submitted by Meredith Solomon, MLS, Chair, CAPHIS 2012-2013 and Chair Designate, MLA Continuing Education Committee 2012-2013
Ysabel Bertolucci, past chair of CAPHIS and health sciences librarian at Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA, died unexpectedly on September 6th one week after her retirement. She mentored many of us as we became involved in various aspects of medical librarianship offering good advice, encouragement, and good humor. She could appreciate the absurd that often reared its head within institutional politics and policies and find ways to cope.
She was my teaching partner. Together we designed classes about health information for public library staff and patrons and our students always appreciated them. It is gratifying to see how many of them now go to MedlinePlus first for health information. Our planning sessions and classes often led to lunch after work and Ysabel loved a good meal and a good glass of wine (after work hours!). We were also Scorpio sisters and celebrated our birthdays each year by trying a new local restaurant.
In addition to teaching with me, Ysabel was a loyal patron of Oakland Public Library. We shared a love of good mysteries and often traded tips about new authors and titles that we discovered. She let me know when she thought that it was taking too long for her holds to come in!
I am sorry that she had only one week to enjoy her retirement, but I have many wonderful memories of the time that we spent together. May her memory be for a blessing.
Submitted by Barbara Bibel, CAPHIS Book Review Editor
Submitted by Jana C. Liebermann MLS, Past Chair CAPHIS 2012-2013
Fast forward to the present (well, almost!). Earlier this year, I had the privilege of attending the Biomedical Informatics Course at the Marine Biological Lab at Woods Hole.What a treat to hear from experts from across the country about current projects and trends in Informatics. I was smitten by hearing about Public Health Informatics and about Semantic MEDLINE in particular. My enthusiasm about Public Health and Informatics was re-fueled!
Thanks to the responsiveness of Cathy Burroughs and Tania Bardyn, we were able to craft a plan for me to step into this new role. I will be reaching out to some new audiences (such as the Washington State Public Health Association where I was just exhibiting earlier this week), but also working with groups with which I have interacted in my Consumer Health role too. The Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries is one example. I will also carry forward my lead role in Emergency Preparedness and Response activities in the Pacific Northwest Region, which will entail reaching out the Public Health Responders. And, of course, I would love to hear from you about any ideas you have!
Reposted with permission from the author, Gail Kouame, CAPHIS Secretary, from http://nnlm.gov/pnr/dragonfly/2012/10/19/old-dog/
The National Library of Medicine is proud to observe the tenth anniversary of the launch of MedlinePlus en español (http://medlineplus.gov/espanol). Introduced in September 2002, MedlinePlus en español is a full-featured web site that contains a wealth of authoritative, reliable consumer-level health information in Spanish from the National Institutes of Health and national health organizations.
MedlinePlus en español includes innovative features in a Spanish-language health information web site:
MedlinePlus en español is frequently among the top 5 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Government Satisfaction Index.
More information is available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanishanniversary.html and in Spanish at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/spanish/spanishanniversary.html NLM welcomes your comments and feedback about MedlinePlus en español. Use the Contact Us link from any page.
Submitted by Fedora Braverman and Rex Robison, Public Services Division, National Library of Medicine
An evidence-based perspective on the topic of health literacy is of interest to information professionals. A search was conducted on the highly regarded evidence based practice collection, The Cochrane Library, which was accessed from the Wiley Online Library platform. Five reviews published in 2011-2012 were retrieved. The reviews are primarily under the Cochrane Consumers and Communication editorial group and the authors are primarily from the UK, although Canada, the United States, Australia, and several European countries are represented. The titles of the reviews are reflective of the diversity of approaches to this important facet of consumer health in recent years: (1) interventions for enhancing consumers’ online health literacy; (2) decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions; (3) reminder packaging for improving adherence to self-administered long-term medications; (4) interventions for promoting reintegration and reducing harmful behaviour and lifestyles in street-connected children and young adults, and (5) teaching critical appraisal skills in healthcare settings. Given the widespread use and interest in the delivery of consumer health information on the Internet, the focus of this article will concern the first review mentioned above.
Published in mid-2011, this review addresses a key aspect of consumer health information on the Internet: the effects of interventions that enhance consumers’ online health literacy, defined as skills to search, evaluate and use the health information found on the Internet. The authors searched many authoritative bibliographic journal literature databases and evidence based medicine databases on several vendor platforms, as follows: the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group Specialised Register; Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL, The Cochrane Library, Issue 1 2008); National Research Register/UK CRN Portfolio database; Current Controlled Trials - MetaRegister of Controlled Trials; MEDLINE (Ovid); EMBASE (Ovid); CINAHL (Dialog); ERIC (CSA Illumina); LISA (CSA Illumina); PsycINFO (Ovid); Index to scientific and technical proceedings; SIGLE; ASLIB Index to Theses; ProQuest Dissertation Abstracts, from the timeframe of January 1990 to March 2008. Studies that assessed interventions to improve consumers’ online health literacy, published in any language, and of the following study types were selected for inclusion in this review: randomised controlled trials (RCTs), cluster RCTs and associated economic evaluations, quasi-RCTs, interrupted time series analyses, and controlled before and after (CBA) studies. The study authors were contacted both for clarification and to request missing data.
This review comprised only two studies, an RCT and a CBA, with 470 participants, altogether. The authors determined that the RCT, which compared Internet health information classes with patient education classes for HIV-infected participants, had a moderate risk of bias. The RCT study reported statistically significant positive effects for three primary outcomes related to online health literacy in the intervention group were reported in the RCT study: number of times the patient discussed online information with a health provider, self-efficacy for health information seeking, and health information evaluation skills. The CBA study was deemed to have a high risk of bias. This study featured a comparison of Internet health information classes with a control group who did not receive an intervention. The participants were healthy adults aged 50+. A significant positive change was found concerning one outcome in the intervention group that pertained to the readiness to adopt the Internet as a tool for preventive health information. Overall, the authors stated that no conclusions could be drawn about the efficacy of interventions for online health literacy due to the small number of studies analyzed and the difference in quality of study design. What is required are a robust number of well-designed RCTs on this research topic that sample all population demographics and in different settings with a minimum one-year timeframe.
Car J, Lang B, Colledge A, Ung C, Majeed A. Interventions for enhancing consumers' online health literacy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD007092. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD007092.pub2.
Submitted by Christine Marton, PhD, CAPHIS Chair-Elect 2012-2013
Consumer Connections (ISSN 1535-7821) is the newsletter of the Consumer and Patient Information Section of the Medical Library Association. It is published on the CAPHIS website quarterly. Notification of publication is sent via the CAPHIS listserv. CAPHIS is the largest section of the Medical Library Association.
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