Medical Subject Headings
Chicago; Computer Communication Networks; Decision Making; Information Services; Libraries; Patient Education; Patient Participation
Library and Information Science
The Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago obtained a grant from the Illinois State Library to implement a statewide demonstration project that would provide consumer health information (CHI) using InfoTrac's Health Reference Center CD-ROM database. The goals of the project were to cooperate with targeted public libraries and clinics in providing CHI at the earliest point of need; to provide access to the database via a dial-up network server and a toll-free telephone number; and to work with targeted sites on database training, core CHI reference sources, and referral procedures. This paper provides background information about the project; describes the major systems and technical issues encountered; and discusses the outcomes, impact, and envisioned enhancements.
Rights and Permissions
This article was first published in Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 78(4): 210-16, 1996.
Martin, Elaine Russo and Lanier, Don, "Networking Consumer Health Information: Bringing the Patient into the Medical Information Loop" (1996). University of Massachusetts Medical School. Library Publications and Presentations. Paper 14.