Friday, February 21, 2014

Mar-Apr: Health Information 101 (RUSA)

March 3 - April 11, 2014
With the March 23, 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), there is increased emphasis on patients' active, rather than passive, participation in issues concerning their health status. And participation is difficult for the one in five U.S. adults who function at a basic or below basic literacy level.

The over-65 population will constitute a full 20 percent of the total U.S. population by 2030. Six out of ten Baby Boomers will be managing multiple chronic illnesses and will need access to timely, reliable and accurate healthcare information in order to make timely and accurate healthcare decisions.

Eight out of ten Internet users go online looking for health information and many feel overwhelmed and confused by the amount of information they find and frustrated by their inability to find what they were looking for.

Of particular relevance to librarians is this: 75 percent of health seekers do not check the source or date of the information of the health information they find.

Learning Outcomes:
During this six week course, we'll demystify and decode medical terminology then learn the basics of evidence-based biomedical literature searching. We'll learn how to systematically evaluate a health website then look at some the best of best sites for medical, pharmaceutical and drug information.

We need to be well-versed in the business of healthcare and we'll learn about PPACA, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HealthIT and HITECH, Meaningful Use, Physician and Hospital Rankings & Ratings, and the Personal Health Record.

And finally, we'll discuss health literacy issues and how to create partnerships with hospital and academic medical librarians through the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

By the end of the six week “Health Information 101” course, students will be able to:

    Construct an information search using medical terminology
    Formulate a search strategy in PubMed utilizing both controlled vocabulary and natural language terms
    Recommend consumer health resources based on patron literacy levels
    Design a shame free environment within the library
    Apply the Ten Question Consumer Health Website Evaluation Checklist when assessing consumer health website
    Adopt health reference interview techniques
    Describe healthcare reforms

Health Information 101 is asynchronous. This allows participants to work through course material at times convenient to them. Participants may also choose to schedule online chat time with the instructor.

This course was designed with public librarians in mind, however primary, secondary and academic librarians will find this course useful too.

The course is divided into six modules:

    Medical Terminology
    Evidence-based biomedical literature searching
    Literacy and Health Outcomes
    Evaluating health and medical websites
    Consumer health resources
    The Business of Healthcare

Registration Fees:
    $150 for RUSA members
    $195 for ALA members
    $230 for non-ALA members
    $120 for student members and retired members