Location

Room 210

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

In the United States 72% of Internet users look online to find health information, with some being high quality and other information dangerous. The University of Minnesota is a land grant institution, and the Health Sciences Libraries have a strong outreach role, educating health information consumers across Minnesota about high quality resources. In 2016, we conducted a study at the Minnesota State Fair to identify where Minnesotans find online health information, how they use it, their confidence in assessing it, and what they think is missing. Convenience sampling yielded a total of 255 participants who valued the ability to access online health information and used it for a variety of purposes. A high percentage of participants thought they had the knowledge, skills, and confidence to navigate online health information, yet were uncertain about indicators of quality. They felt that current resources lacked personalization and evidence-based information. Our study recommendations on further educational outreach around online health information include promotion of interactive educational websites, partnerships with public libraries to host large-scale education sessions on the topic, and skill building around assessment of health websites.

Presentation Description

The University of Minnesota conducted a literacy study of online health consumption at the Minnesota State Fair. Results showed that participants were confident in their health literacy skills, but further analysis made evident opportunities for growth. This presentation focuses on recommendations for further educational outreach around online health information, including promotion of interactive educational websites, partnerships with public libraries to host large-scale education sessions on the topic, and skill building around assessment of health websites.

Session Goals

1. Describe health information literacy strengths and gaps in Minnesota

2. Outline educational outreach opportunities across the state

Session Objectives

Identify information assessment skills for improvement

Encourage partnership between academic and public libraries/librarians

Stress importance of personalization in online health information

Keywords

online health information, health consumers, health literacy

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Sep 28th, 4:15 PM Sep 28th, 4:35 PM

Information Literacy of Online Health Consumers in Minnesota

Room 210

In the United States 72% of Internet users look online to find health information, with some being high quality and other information dangerous. The University of Minnesota is a land grant institution, and the Health Sciences Libraries have a strong outreach role, educating health information consumers across Minnesota about high quality resources. In 2016, we conducted a study at the Minnesota State Fair to identify where Minnesotans find online health information, how they use it, their confidence in assessing it, and what they think is missing. Convenience sampling yielded a total of 255 participants who valued the ability to access online health information and used it for a variety of purposes. A high percentage of participants thought they had the knowledge, skills, and confidence to navigate online health information, yet were uncertain about indicators of quality. They felt that current resources lacked personalization and evidence-based information. Our study recommendations on further educational outreach around online health information include promotion of interactive educational websites, partnerships with public libraries to host large-scale education sessions on the topic, and skill building around assessment of health websites.