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MedlinePlus and the challenge of low health literacy: findings from the Colonias project.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17252064     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential of a community-based health information outreach project to overcome problems associated with health literacy in low-income Hispanic communities along the Texas-Mexico border.
METHODS: Using a train-the-trainer approach, community outreach workers known as promotoras were trained by a health information outreach team to search English and Spanish versions of MedlinePlus. These 15 promotoras submitted written examples on a weekly basis of the topics they helped residents explore on MedlinePlus and the ways in which the residents used the information. These weekly reports, along with verbal interviews with promotoras and others in the communities, allowed development of a database of 161 incidents ("stories") demonstrating how community residents used MedlinePlus. These stories were thematically analyzed to explore how the program benefited participants.
RESULTS: The database of stories included examples of community residents becoming better informed about their illnesses, resolving to visit doctors, making decisions about recommended treatments, reducing their anxiety about health conditions, committing to healthy or preventive behavior, and assisting family members.
CONCLUSION: With the help of paraprofessionals like promotoras, community-based health information outreach projects may improve the ability of community residents to understand their health conditions and to participate actively in their health care.
Cynthia A Olney; Debra G Warner; Greysi Reyna; Fred B Wood; Elliot R Siegel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Medical Library Association : JMLA     Volume:  95     ISSN:  1558-9439     ISO Abbreviation:  J Med Libr Assoc     Publication Date:  2007 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-01-25     Completed Date:  2007-02-08     Revised Date:  2013-06-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101132728     Medline TA:  J Med Libr Assoc     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  31-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Community Health Services / utilization*
Community-Institutional Relations
Computer-Assisted Instruction / methods*
Consumer Participation / statistics & numerical data
Consumer Satisfaction / statistics & numerical data
Educational Status
Focus Groups
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Hispanic Americans / education*
Information Storage and Retrieval / methods
MedlinePlus / utilization*
Professional Role
Program Evaluation
Grant Support
N0-1-LM-1-3515/LM/NLM NIH HHS

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