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According to the Pew Internet & American Life Project, 80% of adult Internet users in the U.S., and 83% of adult California Internet users, have searched for health information online. You have undoubtedly come into contact with many of these "health seekers" or may be one yourself. But have you felt overwhelmed by the amount of health information that can be found on the web? Have you wondered whether the information you are finding is reliable? If so, or if you just want to become more comfortable with your ability to find and identify trustworthy health information on the web, then Prescription for Success is a workshop you won't want to miss. A strong emphasis will be placed on becoming familiar with the depth and breadth of the National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus consumer health web resource. Other National Library of Medicine resources will be highlighted. An additional emphasis will be on learning skills to assist in evaluation of health websites, to give workshop attendees confidence in their abilities to find reliable health websites.

Workshop Description: This full day workshop is a partner project between Infopeople and the Pacific Southwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine. It covers the basics of MedlinePlus.gov, other important National Library of Medicine, government and reliable health resources. Drug, pharmaceutical, herbal and alternative websites will be highlighted. An emphasis will be placed on evaluation techniques for health websites.

Preliminary Course Outline:

  • The National Library of Medicine's MedlinePlus for Reliable Health Information
    • How to interpret patrons' health-related questions
    • Use MedlinePlus to find disease-specific information
    • Use MedlinePlus to find drug and herbal information
    • Use MedlinePlus to find doctors/hospitals, news and more
  • Additional National Library of Medicine Resources
    • Use DIRLINE to find health organizations & agencies
    • Use Toxline, ToxTown and/or Household Products Database for information on commonly used toxic substances
    • Use Genetics Home Reference
  • Evaluation of Consumer Health Resources on the Web
    • Learn specific criteria for evaluating unknown health web resources
  • Additional Web Resources for California Residents and Special Populations
    • Use reliable web resources to find health information and assistance for low-income Californians
    • Use reliable web resources to find health information for non-English speaking Californians
    • Use reliable web resources to find information on California hospitals and nursing homes

Workshop Instructor: Bette Anton