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NNLM Journal Club: Patient Engagement

Class Details


A 2014 Pew Research survey found that 72% of adult internet users searched for health information online.1 With this increase in online health information seeking behavior comes the opportunity to increase health literacy and the ability for patients to advocate for themselves. Online resources, including social media and peer support sites, have the potential to increase patient confidence and outcomes, but what constitutes positive online support? Can positive health outcomes be connected to involvement in online peer support?


Litchman ML, Edelman LS, Donaldson GW. Effect of Diabetes Online Community Engagement on Health Indicators: Cross-Sectional Study. JMIR Diabetes 2018;3(2):e8

Discussion questions

  • What were the benefits outlined in the article of the Diabetes online communities (DOC)?
  • Have you used online peer support? If yes, what was the experience like? If no, why not?
  • What implications, if any, does this article have for librarians and other information professionals? How might this article affect how you think about using social media for health outreach?
  • What conclusions do the authors make about participating in DOCs? What are the limitations and possible next steps for this research?

Registrants are encouraged to contribute discussion questions to

Information resources

National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus Patients’ Rights Health Topics page provides information on your rights as a patient and links to advocacy resources for patients and families.

Evaluating Internet Health Information: A Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine provides strategies to evaluate health information online.

US Department of Health and Human Services

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides patients with information on hospital safety and patient safety and quality improvement.

Additional articles

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Feb 26, 2019
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
Sarah Levin-Lederer, MPH, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 

Class Overview

Join your RML staff and colleagues in reading and discussing new research in the field of health sciences librarianship! Participants will join the online discussion via web conferencing software. Outreach specialists from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine will host and present on a recently published article that impacts the field of health sciences librarianship. After the 30-minute presentation, a discussion will take place among participants about the article. This is a great opportunity to stay up-to-date on emerging research and network with fellow colleagues!


By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Evaluate the hypothesis, the study design, the method, results, and limitations in a systematic fashion.
  • Determine the application of a particular study in their practice and impact towards health sciences librarianship.
  • Appraise and assimilate evidence from selected literature related to health sciences and health sciences librarianship.