An Ounce of Prevention: Health Reference Basis

img_0851Thursday, April 16, 2009–Participants joined LILRC for a group viewing of the College of DuPage Soaring into Excellence Teleconference Series sponsored by the New York State Library.

Topics of discussion included the importance of the medical reference interview and communication strategies, ideas for providing quality health information outreach and services, and cultural diversity issues.  Print and electronic resources were recommended, including:

  • MedlinePlus: brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
  • PubMed: is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

For additional resources on consumer health collection development, cultural differences, HIPAA and more, refer to the College of DuPage Press Consumer Health Reference Toolkit.

Special thanks to the South Huntington Public Library for hosting this event.

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