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The editor of Research Activities reports in the October 2007 issue that October is Health Literacy Month. Information about the agency’s efforts to promote health literacy can be found at http://www.ahrq.gov/browse/hlitix.htm. Research Activities is available free online at http://www.ahrq.gov/research/resact.htm.
The newsletter reports the availability of two newly published articles:
1. Andrulis DP, Brach C. Integrating literacy, culture, and language to improve health care quality for diverse populations. Am J Health Behav 2007; 31 (Suppl 1): S122-S133.
“The authors present a vision for an integrated approach to health literacy and cultural and linguistic competence that illustrates the important roles that both clinicians and health care organizations play,” reports AHRQ. Reprints of this article are available from AHRQ. [PMID: 17931131]
2. Guerra CE; Shea JA. Health Literacy and perceived health status in Latinos and African Americans. Ethn Dis 2007 Spring; 17: 305-312. [PMID: 17682363]
This study examines the relationships between health literacy and minorities’ perceptions of their physical and mental health status.
I recently asked, on the MHSLA listserv, for some help with finding a web-based resource about which I had very little information. I turned up a few possibilities; my colleagues, also running web searches, directed me to other sites that I had not found. While it’s likely that some of the difference in what we found lies in the varying approaches each searcher may take to answering a question, Marydee Ojala’s presentation “Searching, Finding and the Information Professional” (Computers in Libraries 2007 Powerpoint presentation) suggests five reasons that, even when we do key in on the same search terms, we may see very different results.
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We are all challenged to keep up with the latest information in the library & information science field. I’m currently listening my way through the many hours of presentations from Computers in Library 2007, since I bought the 2-CD set to catch the ones I couldn’t attend in April and to refresh my memory of the sessions I did attend. I’ll fill you in on some of the sessions over the next few weeks, since I’m hearing a lot of great information.
One of the reasons for maintaining a blog is to offer the readers an opportunity to share and interact. So here’s an opportunity: please use the “Comments” feature on this posting to share with the group what library, technology or medical professional literature you are reading (or listening to) that you think your fellow medical librarians will find interesting. If it’s something on the web, please include a URL; if in print, a citation would be helpful. Tell us what it’s about; why would we want to read it?
Is there some other topic you’d like to discuss? Drop me a line. I’d be happy to start the discussion.