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Health Info Libr J. 2017 Dec;34(4):290-292. doi: 10.1111/hir.12027. Epub 2013 Apr 29.

Patient information comes of age.

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Honorary Research Fellow CHIME, University College London International Perspectives & Initiatives, Health Information and Libraries Journal.


This virtual issue (VI) has been assembled to coincide with the 8th Annual Patient Information Conference 2013 organised by the UK Patient Information Forum (PiF). The conference theme 'Information and support - a service in its own right' is a response to policy documents and initiatives in both Scotland and England which signal the coming of age of patient/consumer information. The VI consists of a collection of open access articles and addresses the question 'What can health science librarians do to ensure that the public are able to find, appraise and use health information?' This material provides research evidence, and examples of the types of initiatives librarians have undertaken to make information a health and care service in its own right. Two recurrent messages are that health science librarians need to form partnerships with healthcare providers and they have a role to play in improving health literacy skills.


consumer health information; health; information prescribing; literacy; patient information

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