CHI Subcontract: Teaching the Region: Critical Access Hospitals and Access
Consumer Health Initiative Subcontract: Teaching the Region: Critical Access Hospitals and Access to Consumer Health Information. If successful, this training project will provide skills in effectively searching MedlinePlus and Clinicaltrials.gov to the healthcare professionals of four regionally affiliated hospitals located in the rural Illinois communities of Princeton, Mendota, Aledo and Carthage. The project will provide initial hands on training through the use of a portable electronic classroom, with follow up support provided both in person, and via virtual reference software. All four institutions will sponsor training sessions inviting their areas? community agencies and public library personnel, to also acquire the awareness and skills necessary in searching MedlinePlus and Clinicaltrials.gov. Outcomes for this project include increased use of MedlinePlus and beginning use of ClinicalTrials.gov by healthcare professionals in the provision of patient care. If successful, this project will ultimately benefit the general public who reside in these four communities, by providing them with access to quality health information resources, enabling them to make informed healthcare decisions.