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Title: The contribution of Australian Hospital Libraries to improving consumer health literacy: four case studies
Other Titles: Growing Community Health Literacy through Libraries: sharing global perspectives
Austin Authors: Ritchie, Ann;Siemensma, Gemma;Gilbert, Cecily;Gaca, Michele ;Taylor, Jeremy
Affiliation: Austin Health Sciences Library
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Series/Report no.: 03446891
Description: The case studies in this chapter describe consumer health literacy pro­grams undertaken by four hospital libraries in Australia. Three of the case studies focus on the more traditional aspects of information literacy and the role of librar­ies in information provision. The fourth study is about an education program that sought to develop the skills and knowledge of a group of consumers to empower them to play a more active role in their own healthcare decisions and to pass on what they learned to their networks. The case studies are part of a research study known as the HeLiNS, Health Libraries for the National Standards Project. The case studies demonstrate that hospital libraries and health librarians have the capacity and expertise to enable them to contribute to addressing health literacy issues in their communities. Placing the research in the context of the national standards suggests that health libraries have the potential to contribute to the implementation of a system-wide health literacy strategy.
ISBN: 9783110362640
Type: Chapter
Subjects: Health Literacy
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