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"Consumer health information"

Yamila M El-Khayat
This case study describes the integration of pop culture, music, and scenarios into a consumer health curriculum for community health workers (CHW)/Promotoras De Salud of Hispanic/Latino decent. The class goal is to ensure that participants learn about reliable health resources and how to use them when reaching out to their clientele. This interactive approach to teaching consumer health information was something that evolved after teaching this topic for many years and finding the need to reach the CHW population and enhance their learning experience of health information...
January 2017: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
Rupa S Valdez, Thomas M Guterbock, Kara Fitzgibbon, Ishan C Williams, Claire A Wellbeloved-Stone, Jaime E Bears, Hannah K Menefee
BACKGROUND AND SIGNIFICANCE: It is increasingly recognized that some patients self-manage in the context of social networks rather than alone. Consumer health information technology (IT) designed to support socially embedded self-management must be responsive to patients' everyday communication practices. There is an opportunity to improve consumer health IT design by explicating how patients currently leverage social media to support health information communication. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine types of health information communication patterns that typify Facebook users with chronic health conditions to guide consumer health IT design...
January 9, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
Anna Cunningham, Frances Johnson
This feature has been co-authored by Anna Cunningham and her supervisor Frances Johnson. It is based on the research Anna conducted for her dissertation, which she completed as part of her MA in Library and Information Management at Manchester Metropolitan University. The study explored how people assess the trustworthiness of online health information, and the participants were asked to talk aloud whilst viewing information on the consumer health information website The study confirmed that their assessment was based on the information usefulness and credibility as well as identifying the factors relating to information quality and website design that helped to form these judgements...
December 2016: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Lucia Vellar, Fiorina Mastroianni, Kelly Lambert
Objective The aim of the present study was to describe how one regional health service the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District embedded health literacy principles into health systems over a 3-year period.Methods Using a case study approach, this article describes the development of key programs and the manner in which clinical incidents were used to create a health environment that allows consumers the right to equitably access quality health services and to participate in their own health care.Results The key outcomes demonstrating successful embedding of health literacy into health systems in this regional health service include the creation of a governance structure and web-based platform for developing and testing plain English consumer health information, a clearly defined process to engage with consumers, development of the health literacy ambassador training program and integrating health literacy into clinical quality improvement processes via a formal program with consumers to guide processes such as improvements to access and navigation around hospital sites...
October 28, 2016: Australian Health Review: a Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
Hannah K Menefee, Morgan J Thompson, Thomas M Guterbock, Ishan C Williams, Rupa S Valdez
BACKGROUND: Consumer health information technology (IT) solutions are designed to support patient health management and have the ability to facilitate patients' health information communication with their social networks. However, there is a need for consumer health IT solutions to align with patients' health management preferences for increased adoption of the technology. It may be possible to gain an understanding of patients' needs for consumer health IT supporting their health information communication with social networks by explicating how they have adopted and adapted social networking sites, such as Facebook, for this purpose...
August 11, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Alexis V Chaet, Bijan Morshedi, Kristen J Wells, Laura E Barnes, Rupa Valdez
BACKGROUND: As consumer health information technology (IT) becomes more thoroughly integrated into patient care, it is critical that these tools are appropriate for the diverse patient populations whom they are intended to serve. Cultural differences associated with ethnicity are one aspect of diversity that may play a role in user-technology interactions. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to evaluate the current scope of consumer health IT interventions targeted to the US Spanish-speaking Latino population and to characterize these interventions in terms of technological attributes, health domains, cultural tailoring, and evaluation metrics...
August 10, 2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Alex Thomas
This project enabled novel organisational insight into the comparative utility of a portfolio of consumer health information content, by measuring patterns of attrition (abandonment) in content use. The project used as a case study the event activity log of a fully automated digital information kiosk, located in a community health facility. Direct measurements of the duration of content use were derived from the user interface activity recorded in the kiosk log, thus avoiding issues in using other approaches to collecting this type of data, such as sampling and observer bias...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Ye Wang, Erin Willis
By conducting a content analysis of online communities connected by the Weight Watchers' online message boards, this study examined the relationship between conversational interactivity and consumer-generated content about consumer health information, self-efficacious content, and experiences with dieting and physical activities. The results showed that discussion about successful experiences with weight loss tended to be more interactive. Discussion about consumer health information tended to be non-interactive...
June 22, 2016: Journal of Health Psychology
Ivana Truccolo
In this article, guest writer Ivana Truccolo presents an overview of her work at the Scientific and Patient Library of a Cancer Comprehensive Centre in Italy coordinating the patient education process. She discusses the historical evolution of the concept of patient education and how this has run alongside the role of the health librarian in the provision of consumer health information. Details are provided about various patient education programmes in place at the Centre. In particular, various activities are discussed including patient education classes, the development of patient education handouts and a narrative medicine programme which includes a literary competition...
June 2016: Health Information and Libraries Journal
Kirk Roberts, Dina Demner-Fushman
OBJECTIVE: To understand how consumer questions on online resources differ from questions asked by professionals, and how such consumer questions differ across resources. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten online question corpora, 5 consumer and 5 professional, with a combined total of over 40‚ÄČ000 questions, were analyzed using a variety of natural language processing techniques. These techniques analyze questions at the lexical, syntactic, and semantic levels, exposing differences in both form and content...
July 2016: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
Calvin Kl Or, Da Tao, Hailiang Wang
Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine whether the use of consumer health information technologies (CHITs) has an impact on outcomes of patients in the self-management of heart failure (HF). Methods A literature search of six electronic databases was conducted to identify relevant reports of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) for the analysis. Mortality, hospitalization and length of hospital stay were meta-analyzed and other patient outcomes were synthesized using a narrative approach. Results The literature search identified 50 studies, representing 43 RCTs, comparing the use of CHITs with usual care for HF patients...
January 2017: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
Vera Rulon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2015: Journal of AHIMA
Catherine Arnott Smith, Savreen Hundal, Alla Keselman
Public libraries have been called the "first responders" to the specialized health information needs of the general public. The challenges inherent in consumer health information (CHI) service are centered around the Patron, the Librarian, the Information Resources, and the Library itself. The pilot study involved interviews with nine individual library workers in eight public libraries in four library systems: the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George's Counties in Maryland, and Fairfax County in Virginia...
2014: Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Justin Giovannelli, Kevin Lucia
States have flexibility in implementing the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces and may choose to become more (or less) involved in marketplace operations over time. Interest in new implementation approaches has increased as states seek to ensure the long-term financial stability of their exchanges and exercise local control over marketplace oversight. This brief explores the experiences of four states--Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon--that established their own exchanges but have operated them with support from the federal HealthCare...
September 2015: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
Kelly Servick
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 25, 2015: Science
Siddhartha Roy, Katherine Phetxumphou, Andrea M Dietrich, Paul A Estabrooks, Wen You, Brenda M Davy
The United States Environmental Protection Agency mandates that community water systems (or water utilities) provide annual consumer confidence reports (CCRs)--water quality reports--to their consumers. These reports encapsulate information regarding sources of water, detected contaminants, regulatory compliance, and educational material. These reports have excellent potential for providing the public with accurate information on the safety of tap water, but there is a lack of research on the degree to which the information can be understood by a large proportion of the population...
September 2015: Journal of Water and Health
Jennifer L Wolff, Jonathan D Darer, Kevin L Larsen
Health information technology has been embraced as a strategy to facilitate patients' access to their health information and engagement in care. However, not all patients are able to access, or are capable of using, a computer or mobile device. Although family caregivers assist individuals with some of the most challenging and costly health needs, their role in health information technology is largely undefined and poorly understood. This perspective discusses challenges and opportunities of engaging family caregivers through the use of consumer-oriented health information technology...
January 2016: Journal of General Internal Medicine
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February 2015: Journal of the Michigan Dental Association
Stephen McInerney
Mobile applications provide limitless possibilities for the future of medical care. Yet these changes have also created concerns about patient safety. Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has the authority to regulate a much broader spectrum of products beyond traditional medical devices like stethoscopes or pacemakers. The regulatory question is not if FDA has the statutory. authority to regulate health-related software, but rather how it will exercise its regulatory authority...
2015: Food and Drug Law Journal
Jessica S Ancker, Holly O Witteman, Baria Hafeez, Thierry Provencher, Mary Van de Graaf, Esther Wei
BACKGROUND: Consumer health information technologies (HIT) that encourage self-tracking, such as diet and fitness tracking apps and disease journals, are attracting widespread interest among technology-oriented consumers (such as "quantified self" advocates), entrepreneurs, and the health care industry. Such electronic technologies could potentially benefit the growing population of patients with multiple chronic conditions (MCC). However, MCC is predominantly a condition of the elderly and disproportionately affects the less affluent, so it also seems possible that the barriers to use of consumer HIT would be particularly severe for this patient population...
August 19, 2015: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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