Responding to health information and training needs of individuals with disabilities

Academic Article


  • The role of a medical librarian includes guiding consumers to search for information related to specific health needs and interpret information for personal use. Little is known about barriers to accessing health information and clinical services for those with cognitive and physical disabilities. The purpose of this article is to describe a statewide needs assessment of the health information and services needs of individuals with disabilities and their caregivers. Data from the needs assessment conducted by the Health Services Training Project of more than 1,000 respondents indicate unmet needs for outreach to increase effective use of library and information resources. Fewer consumers and their caregivers utilized the Internet to search for health information as compared to clinical service providers and students in health professions. A majority of consumers reported difficulty obtaining and understanding online health information. Service providers and students shared concerns about information quality. Consumers and caregivers expressed highest levels of trust in information provided by service providers, nonprofit health agencies, reference books, and libraries. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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  • Geiger BF; O'Neal MR; Smith KH; Evans RR; Jackson JB; Firsing SL
  • Start Page

  • 23
  • End Page

  • 32
  • Volume

  • 14
  • Issue

  • 1