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Understanding Healthcare Information
Lyn Robinson
Item Number: 978-1-85604-662-6
Publisher: Facet Publishing, UK
Price: $125.00
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256 pages
6 x 9
ISBN-13: 978-1-85604-662-6
Published date: 2010

Robinson provides what she describes as a “timeless way of understanding healthcare information resources,” and uses an approach not dependent on the currency of the specific sources. Instead, this new guide covers the field’s organizational structure and history, the nature of the resources and the factors affecting them. Understanding Healthcare Information examines examples of healthcare information resources from the perspective of different user groups, including healthcare professionals and consumers, and highlights areas of research into healthcare information, including evaluation studies, user studies, bibliometrics, metadata and Web 2.0. Written for students and practitioners, especially public librarians who are increasingly called upon to advise on health care sources, this timeless tool is essential for anyone interested in or involved in healthcare literacy.

Table of Contents

  • The healthcare information audience 
  • Information science and domain analysis 
  • Outline of the book 
  • References 
  • Further reading 
  • Our website   
1. The healthcare information domain 
  • Introduction 
  • Nature of the discipline 
  • Nature of healthcare knowledge 
  • Structures and institutions 
  • Drivers for change 
  • Conclusion 
  • References 
  • Further reading   
2. History of healthcare and its information environment 
  • Introduction 
  • The ancient world 
  • The classical world 
  • The medieval world 
  • Renaissance and Enlightenment 
  • The 19th century to the present day 
  • Conclusion 
  • References 
  • Further reading  
3. Producers and users of healthcare information 
  • Introduction 
  • Producers of healthcare information 
  • Users of healthcare information 
  • Conclusions 
  • References 
  • Further reading  
4. Healthcare information organization 
  • Introduction 
  • Organizing healthcare information: overview 
  • Dictionaries and glossaries 
  • Classifications and taxonomies 
  • Subject headings and thesauri 
  • Meta-vocabularies 
  • Abstracting and indexing of healthcare information 
  • Conclusion 
  • References 
  • Further reading  
5. Healthcare information sources, services and retrieval
  • Introduction 
  • Primary sources 
  • Secondary sources 
  • Tertiary sources 
  • Quaternary sources 
  • Conclusion 
  • References 
  • Further reading   
6. Healthcare information and knowledge management 
  • Introduction 
  • Healthcare libraries and information services 
  • Managing healthcare information 
  • Providing healthcare information 
  • Standards, evaluation and impact 
  • Conclusion 
  • References 
  • Further reading   
  • Keeping up to date

Lyn Robinson is Programme Director for Library and Information Science at City University London. She is author of numerous papers and published presentations, and has written two books, including Facet's Introduction to Information Science.

"This is highly recommended for any academic or medical library. Librarians will also find this book to be a scholarly addition to their professional collections."
— Collection Building

"Understanding Healthcare Information is a necessary prescription to overcome the built-in inertia in the information-related behaviour of healthcare workers. This essential text for information providers in the healthcare sector also includes comprehensive bibliographic and electronic links."
— Library Review

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