Have you ever left the doctor’s office with questions about a condition or medication? The Internet is full of health resources, but not all information online can be trusted. At a free workshop Wednesday, Nov. 7, librarians from the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa will demonstrate some high-quality consumer health resources to help make you a better-informed patient.
The workshop begins at 7 p.m. in the Information Commons at Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. A hands-on opportunity exploring these resources will also be provided.
According to a report from the Pew Internet and American Live Project, 80 percent of American Internet users, or some 113 million adults, have searched for health information online. The report also says most Internet users start at a general search engine when researching health and medical advice online and 22 percent of these searchers feel frustrated by the lack of health information or an inability to find what they were looking for online.
This workshop is being held in conjunction with the “Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians” exhibit that will be on display at Hardin Library through Friday, Nov. 30. This exhibit tells the extraordinary story of how American women who wanted to practice medicine have struggled over the past two centuries to gain access to medical education and to work in the medical specialty they chose.
The National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Md., and the American Library Association in Chicago, Ill., organized the exhibition with support from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women’s Health and the American Medical Women’s Association. The traveling exhibition is based on a larger exhibition that was displayed at the National Library of Medicine 2003-05.
For more information about the workshop or the exhibit, see http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/women or call Kristi Bontrager at 319-335-5960.