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Archive for October, 2012

DiversityRx 2013

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Learn more about quality health care for culturally diverse populations. The DiversityRx 2013 conference in spring 2013 will explore achieving equity in an era of innovation and health system transformation. Learn more about this conference at: I attended and presented at this conference several years ago, and particularly enjoyed the the interdisciplinary nature of this conference.

-Michelle Eberle

AHRQ Effective Health Care Program Webinar

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (New England Region) is sponsoring a webinar on November 14th from 2-3 PM with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to provide an overview of free evidence-based research summaries designed to provide information about treatment options for various conditions.

The summaries are part of AHRQ’s Effective Health Care Program, the leading Federal effort to compare treatments for health conditions and make findings public. The program provides evidence-based information about the comparative benefits and risks of treatments that helps doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others work with patients to make more informed treatment decisions.

For instance, the clinician summary Effectiveness of Self-Measured Blood Pressure Monitoring in Adults with Hypertension, reviews clinical evidence comparing the effectiveness and safety of self measured blood pressure.

Companion patient summaries include, Measuring Your Blood Pressure at Home: A Review of the Research for Adults and “ACE Inhibitors” and “ARBs” To Protect Your Heart, and many more. All summaries are based on a systematic review of the literature by the John M. Eisenberg Center for Clinical Decisions and Communications Science.

You can download copies of the all clinician and patient summaries from the AHRQ Web site. The clinician and patient resources, including free Continuing Medical Education (CMEs) courses are available at: Free bulk copies of the summaries can be ordered by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 800–358–9295; use code C-02.

In addition to this, AHRQ offers other free resources for clinicians on the AHRQ Web site.
• Continuing medical education/continuing education (CME/CE)
• Webcasts, Web conferences, and downloadable presentations

For more information about AHRQ and the Effective Health Care Program, visit or you can contact the AHRQ Regional Office Lead, Tara Schuh at or 212.880.5209 with any questions.

Please join us for the webinar on November 14th from 2-3 PM. Check out the NN/LM NER Training Calendar to register for this and other upcoming programs.

Creating an Effective Health Handout

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Hello All, Thank you to all who attended the “Creating an Effective Health Handout” webinar on Oct. 10, 2012. I hope I was able to provide you with a few useful tips and ideas to get you started developing your own plain language handouts. If you were unable to attend, here is the link to the recording:

Here are some of the resources I included in my presentation:

  • Lipton, Ronnie. (2005). The practical guide to information design. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (a book focusing on communicating effectively through graphic design)

At our next session on December 12, 2012, attendees are welcome to share handouts they have made for people with low literacy. If you plan to submit a handout, get it to Michelle Eberle by Dec. 3.

Let Michelle know ASAP if you would like to be paired up with a partner to work on a handout. One idea could be to take the hand hygiene handout found here and redesign it using the principles of plain language and clear document design.

Please e-mail me at if you have any questions about concepts discussed during the presentation.

As someone asked during the program about Sue Stableford’s Summer Health Literacy Institute, here is the link. I am told the information about the 2013 session will be posted in a week or two.

Good luck with your handouts. See you Dec. 12.

Deborah A. Clark, MLIS, AHIP
Librarian, Stephens Memorial Hospital
Norway, Maine

There’s an (NLM) APP for that…

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Have you checked out NLM’s gallery of mobile apps and sites?  It has a number of useful medical apps and sites to help the user access our resources from handheld devices.

Need an app or mobile site for emergencies?  There’s one for radiation emergencies and water emergencies.

Need to find an article in PubMed or TOXNET ?  You can find them here.

Need to find more information about drugs and breastfeeding or drug information?  We have mobile sites and apps for that.

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