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Archive for April, 2007

DOCLINE 3.1 – Changes to Delivery Methods

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

The release of DOCLINE 3.1 on April 26 brings a change to Delivery Methods: “Mail” will no longer be a default. This means that libraries can now indicate that they will not provide or accept delivery by mail. See the images below for the “before” and “after” views of DOCLINE Delivery Methods and instructions on how to check the Delivery Methods in your DOCLINE account. (more…)

AIDS Community Information Outreach Funding

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Request for Quotations:
AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects 2007

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the solicitation of quotations from community-based organizations and libraries to design and conduct projects that will improve access to HIV/AIDS related health information for patients, the affected community, and their caregivers. (more…)

April 18th, The RML Rendezvous Premiers!

Thursday, April 5th, 2007

We have to start meeting like this!

Your Regional Medical Library, NN/LM PNR, is unveiling its new series of web-based meetings and talks with its network members – RML Rendezvous.

For our premier “at your desktop” meeting, on April 18th at 1:00 pm Pacific time, Susan Barnes, Assistant Director, Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC), is our presenter. Everyone will find information they can use in Susan’s talk, “Do You Make a Difference? Providing Evidence of Program Value”. (more…)

PNR Network Member Speaks Out!

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Sue Jacobsen, librarian at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, WA, saw an article posted on and felt compelled to respond. The editorial, dated Februrary 12, 2007, was written by Susannah Fox of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. In it, Ms. Fox encourages physicians to “…acknowledge that most Americans are using the Internet to gather health information. Ask your patients about their online research. Provide the key words they might use when they go home to search for more information.” (more…)

Low Health Literacy Puts Patients at Risk

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Far too often, ordinary citizens are placed at risk for unsafe care because important health care information is communicated using medical jargon and unclear language that exceed their literacy skills, according to a call to action released in February 2007 by The Joint Commission in its newest public policy white paper, “What Did the Doctor Say? Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety.” The paper frames the existing communications gap between patients and caregivers as a series of challenges involving literacy, language, and culture, and suggests multiple steps that need to be taken to narrow or even close this gap.

“Effective communication is a cornerstone of patient safety,” says Dennis S. O’Leary, M.D., president, The Joint Commission. “If patients lack basic understanding of their conditions and the whats and whys of the treatments prescribed, therapeutic goals can never be realized, and patients may instead be placed in harm’s way.”

The Joint Commission already promotes the involvement of patients in their care through its ongoing Speak Up™ educational campaigns. In addition, expectations regarding patient engagement and involvement in care decisions are stipulated in Joint Commission accreditation standards and its National Patient Safety Goals. But health literacy problems, which often go unrecognized and unaddressed by health care practitioners, undermine the ability of health care organizations to comply with the intents of the accreditation standards and safety goals that seek to protect the safety of patients. (more…)