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Internet Searches Fail To Give Useful Information To Cancer Patients

ith a comprehensive collection of print and audiovisual resources on all aspects of cancer, from disease and treatment information to coping and support resources. More than 4,000 people visited the PERC last year.

A librarian can access resources not available to the general public at home, including subscription-based databases and a collection of print resources accumulated over time and through experience. But Volk says the biggest advantage a librarian adds is expertise in searching.

‘I do this every day – I should do it better than other people. I'm very familiar with the resources and know how to find patient-friendly information that is reliable, unbiased and current. I can get things that other people can't just because of my expert searching skills and my experience and familiarity with the information sources,’ Volk says.

Volk suggests people who are looking to gain an in-depth understanding of their condition, or who have questions about complex medical issues and state-of-the-art therapies enlist the help of a professional librarian. Even through there are some quality consumer-health Web sites, such as medlineplus.gov, one-stop sites tend to have general, basic, introductory level information only. A librarian can locate resources that offer more specific, detailed and comprehensive information.

‘Different people have different styles of information. There's no one-stop shopping for health information,’ she says.

Source: Eureklert
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