Monday, March 14, 2011

HON Info Validates My Existence

I see that the 2010 Health On the Net survey results are here.

If I recall correctly, I filled out that survey, so I'm especially interested. I see large numbers of people cite 'information quality' as the most important barrier to seeking health information on the Internet (page 11).

This number has not decreased since the 2005 survey, unlike the numbers for 'medical data privacy,' 'internet connection speed,' and, in fact, all the other barriers they asked about.

So it's good that barriers are dropping, but that whole information quality issue is an ongoing problem.

Clearly, this expresses an ongoing demand for librarians, given our awesome talents in the area of locating quality information.


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