Library Services subscribes to many electronic resources. Most of these are aimed at health care professionals to support their practice. However, you may sometimes need consumer health information to supplement the education you provide to patients during their appointments.
Consumer health information is information on health topics such as medical conditions, medications, tests, procedures, and more. The information is presented in an easy-to-read format and is written at a reading level accessible to most of the general public.
It can be difficult to find good consumer health information if you do not know where to look. People will often turn to a search engine like Google. This can be dangerous, as the average person may not be able to distinguish between good information and misinformation. They may also encounter outdated and irrelevant knowledge. As a health care provider, it benefits both you and your patients that you know where to find reputable consumer health information in order to best supplement in-person education.
The following resources for excellent consumer health information are available through Nova Scotia Health Library Services:
Nova Scotia Health patient pamphlets
MedlinePlus® (select from Databases A-Z list)
TRIP – Turning Research Into Practice (select from Databases A-Z list)
BMJ Best Practice (select from Databases A-Z list)
eMedicineHealth (select from Databases A-Z list)
Cochrane Library (select from Databases A-Z list)
If you aren’t able to find information that meets your patients’ needs, the Nova Scotia Health Patient Education Pamphlets team is happy to work with you to create a pamphlet on the topic of your choice. For further information:
Librarian Educator, Patient Education Pamphlets Lead
Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Western Zone
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Last updated: Dec 7, 2023 9:03 AM
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