Description: This 4-hour online course serves as an introduction to consumer health information resources on the Internet and will cover concepts related to health literacy, the information-seeking behaviors of consumers, the basics of MedlinePlus.gov, ClinicalTrials.gov and other reliable web pages, such as those from professional medical associations and advocacy groups. It will cover sites devoted to pharmaceutical information for consumers, drug-interaction databases and herbal information.The course includes hands-on exercises and discussion forums.
|Continuing Education Experience:||Familiarity with computers and the Internet|
|CE Contact Hours:||4 online|
|Professional Competencies:||Health Sciences Information Services|
|Course Type:||e-Learning, Hands-on, Specialization, RML Offerings - Moodle course|
Educational Objective: Participants will: Identify information-seeking behaviors of consumers and selected web sites useful for answering consumer's health questions, especially: National Library of Medicine resources Disease-specific information Drug information for consumers Herbal Information
4-week Moodle version (4 MLA CE): This course consists of 4 modules. The length of time to complete each module is variable, but each week’s reading and required work should take between 1-2 hours. The course will be open for 4 weeks of instruction and at least one additional week for review. The modules are: Week 1: Consumer Health Information Basics and NLM Resources • Health Literacy • Health information seeking behaviors of consumers and patients • Evaluation health information • MedlinePlus and other NLM consumer health resources • Discussions Week 2: Quality Health Information (non-NLM) • Other quality health websites • Cancer information • Health-related associations and lab tests • Discussions and activities Week 3: The Reference Interview and Hands-on Practice with Resources • Practice with specific resources • Practice with reference questions Week 4: Practice with Real-life Reference Questions • Practice questions • Discussion
Need for This Course: Health Consumers are becoming more responsible and accountable for their own health care. This class introduces librarians library staff to excellent resources that can help the health consumer find and evaluate relevant information.
The instructional methods used include Lecture, Discussion, Hands-on Exercises, and Other.
Participant Materials: Lecture readings, practice questions, online tutorials
Facility Requirements: For this online course, students must have access to the Internet, with up-to-date browsers. Students will need to register for an account with the NNLM Moodle course management system.
Additional Evaluation: MLA evaluation