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bims-librar       Biomed News on Biomedical librarianship
Issue of 2019‒11‒24          │ 
seven papers selected by     │
Thomas Krichel (Open Library │
 Society)                    │ │

1. Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers by Transforming Library Space: A 
    Nursing Mothers Room Project.
2. Document recommendation based on interests of co-authors for brain 
3. The role of internet resources in health decision-making: a qualitative 
4. What patients see online: assessing the online identities of 
    Pennsylvania dermatologists.
5. Exploring Health Information-Seeking Preferences of Older Adults With 
    Hypertension: Quasi-Experimental Design.
6. Young People's Online Help-Seeking and Mental Health Difficulties: 
    Systematic Narrative Review.
7. Online health information-seeking behavior by endocrinology patients.


                                        J Hosp Librariansh. 2019 ;19(3): 201-213
1. Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers by Transforming Library Space: A 
    Nursing Mothers Room Project.
   Adcock S, Hinton E, Clark S, Robinson C
 Librarians at Rowland Medical Library collaborated with individuals from 
 across the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) to 
 transform an unused library office to a nursing mothers room. This project 
 resulted in a functional and attractive room for breastfeeding students and 
 employees to pump breast milk.
  Keywords: breastfeeding; health promotion; library space; nursing mothers; 

                                          Health Inf Sci Syst. 2019 Dec;7(1): 25
2. Document recommendation based on interests of co-authors for brain 
   Zhong H, Huang Z
 Personalized knowledge recommendation is an effective measure to provide 
 individual information services in the field of brain science. It is 
 essential that a complete understanding of authors' interests and accurate 
 recommendation are carried out to achieve this goal. In this paper, a 
 collaborative recommendation method based on co-authorship is proposed to 
 make. In our approach, analysis of collaborators' interests and the 
 calculation of collaborative value are used for recommendations. Finally, the 
 experiments using real documents associated with brain science are given and 
 provide supports for collaborative document recommendation in the field of 
 brain science.
  Keywords: Brain science; Interests; Recommendation; Semantic technology; 
   User and co-author

                                 Digit Health. 2019 Jan-Dec;5:5 2055207619888073
3. The role of internet resources in health decision-making: a qualitative 
   Bussey LG, Sillence E
 Objective: Internet resources remain important for health information and 
 advice but their specific role in decision-making is understudied, often 
 assumed and remains unclear. In this article, we examine the different ways 
 in which internet resources play a role in health decision-making within the 
 context of distributed decision-making.
  Methods: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 37 people in the United 
 Kingdom who reported using the internet in relation to decision-making, and 
 representing a range of long- and short-term health conditions. The 
 interviews focused on decision-making activities across different settings 
 and in relation to different stakeholders to understand how internet 
 resources play a role in these activities. We carried out a thematic analysis 
 of the interviews.
  Results: We identified three main ways in which internet resources played a 
 role in health decision-making. A supportive role (as a decision crutch), a 
 stimulating role (as a decision initiator), and an interactional role 
 (impacting on the doctor-patient relationship). These three roles spanned 
 different resources and illustrated how the decision-making process can be 
 impacted by the encounters people have with technology - specifically 
 internet based health resources - in different ways and at different time 
  Conclusions: Examining health decisions with respect to internet resources 
 highlights the complex and distributed nature of decision-making alongside 
 the complexity of online health information sourcing. We discuss the role of 
 internet resources in relation to the increasing importance of online 
 personal experiences and their relevance within shared decision-making.
  Keywords: Decision-making; communication; distributed; eHealth; health 
   information; healthcare professional; internet; personal experiences

                         Dermatol Online J. 2019 Sep 15. pii: 13030/qt4qd5185h. 
4. What patients see online: assessing the online identities of 
    Pennsylvania dermatologists.
   Karanfilian KM, De Guzman E, Kim C, Madill E, Ayyaswami V, Kamath P, 
   Agarwal N, Koch E, Prabhu AV
 INTRODUCTION: Patients use the internet to search for health-related 
 information. We sought to characterize the information that patients find 
 when searching for dermatologists on Google.
  METHODS: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician 
 Comparable Downloadable File was utilized to identify all 
 Medicare-participating dermatologists practicing in Pennsylvania (PA). A 
 custom Google-based search engine was used to search each dermatologist. Up 
 to the top 10 results for each physician were then sorted into: (1) 
 physician, hospital, or healthcare system, (2) third-party, (3) social media, 
 (4) academic journal articles, or (5) other.
  RESULTS: Within the CMS, 519 health care providers (53.9% male, 46.1% female) 
 self-identified as dermatologists practicing in PA. At least one search 
 result was obtained for each physician (4,963 total search results). About 
 30.6% (1,519) search results were hospital, health system, or 
 physician-controlled websites, and 26.6% (1,318) were third-party websites 
 (1,318; 26.6%). Social media websites accounted for 601 (12.1%) hits whereas 
 peer-reviewed academic journal websites generated 135 (2.7%) results. One-way 
 chi-square analysis showed domains were not randomly distributed across the 
 five categories (P&lt;0.0001).
  CONCLUSION: Dermatologists should be better aware of their digital presence 
 and the strategies to better control their online identity.

                                             JMIR Cardio. 2018 May 30. 2(1): e12
5. Exploring Health Information-Seeking Preferences of Older Adults With 
    Hypertension: Quasi-Experimental Design.
   Sak G, Schulz PJ
 BACKGROUND: Patients' engagement in health care decision making is 
 constituted by at least two behaviors: health information seeking and active 
 involvement in medical decisions. Previous research reported that older 
 adults desire a lot of information, but want to participate in decision 
 making to a lesser degree. However, there is only limited evidence on the 
 effect of desire for health information on seniors' perceived confidence in 
 making an informed choice (ie, decision self-efficacy).
  OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to investigate the role desire for 
 health information has for older patients. More specifically, it tested 
 whether decision self-efficacy increases as a function of an assisted 
 computer-based information search. Additionally, the study allowed insights 
 into the sources seniors with hypertension prefer to consult.
  METHODS: A sample of 101 senior citizens (aged ≥60 years) with high blood 
 pressure in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland answered a questionnaire 
 before and after an informational intervention was applied. The intervention 
 consisted of offering additional information on hypertension from five 
 different sources and of providing the information the participant desired. 
 Preference for receiving this information was the major independent variable. 
 The main outcome measure was decision self-efficacy (assessed at baseline and 
 posttest). Analyses of covariance were conducted to detect differences 
 between and within who desired additional hypertension-related content 
 (intervention group) and "information avoiders" (control group).
  RESULTS: Health care professionals firmly remain the preferred and most 
 trusted source of health information for senior patients. The second most 
 consulted source was the internet (intervention group only). However, among 
 the total sample, the internet obtained the lowest credibility score. A 
 significant increase in decision self-efficacy occurred in seniors consulting 
 additional information compared to information avoiders (F1,93=28.25, P<.001).
  CONCLUSIONS: Consulting health information on a computer screen, and 
 assistance by a computer-savvy person, may be a helpful activity to increase 
 perceived confidence in making treatment decisions in seniors with 
  Keywords: Switzerland; assisted computer-based information search; decision 
   self-efficacy; desire for health information; medical decision making; 
   quasi-experimental design; senior hypertensive patients

                                 J Med Internet Res. 2019 Nov 19. 21(11): e13873
6. Young People's Online Help-Seeking and Mental Health Difficulties: 
    Systematic Narrative Review.
   Pretorius C, Chambers D, Coyle D
 BACKGROUND: Young people frequently make use of the internet as part of their 
 day-to-day activities, and this has extended to their help-seeking behavior. 
 Offline help-seeking is known to be impeded by a number of barriers including 
 stigma and a preference for self-reliance. Online help-seeking may offer an 
 additional domain where young people can seek help for mental health 
 difficulties without being encumbered by these same barriers.
  OBJECTIVE: The objective of this systematic literature review was to examine 
 young peoples' online help-seeking behaviors for mental health concerns. It 
 aimed to summarize young peoples' experiences and identify benefits and 
 limitations of online help-seeking for this age group. It also examined the 
 theoretical perspectives that have been applied to understand online 
  METHODS: A systematic review of peer-reviewed research papers from the 
 following major electronic databases was conducted: PsycINFO, Cumulative 
 Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, PubMed, Cochrane Library, 
 Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library, and Institute of 
 Electrical and Electronics Engineers Xplore. The Preferred Reporting Items 
 for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines were followed. The search 
 was conducted in August 2017. The narrative synthesis approach to reviews was 
 used to analyze the existing evidence to answer the review questions.
  RESULTS: Overall, 28 studies were included. The most common method of data 
 collection was through the use of surveys. Study quality was moderate to 
 strong. Text-based query via an internet search engine was the most commonly 
 identified help-seeking approach. Social media, government or charity 
 websites, live chat, instant messaging, and online communities were also 
 used. Key benefits included anonymity and privacy, immediacy, ease of access, 
 inclusivity, the ability to connect with others and share experiences, and a 
 greater sense of control over the help-seeking journey. Online help-seeking 
 has the potential to meet the needs of those with a preference for 
 self-reliance or act as a gateway to further help-seeking. Barriers to 
 help-seeking included a lack of mental health literacy, concerns about 
 privacy and confidentiality, and uncertainty about the trustworthiness of 
 online resources. Until now, there has been limited development and use of 
 theoretical models to guide research on online help-seeking.
  CONCLUSIONS: Approaches to improving help-seeking by young people should 
 consider the role of the internet and online resources as an adjunct to 
 offline help-seeking. This review identifies opportunities and challenges in 
 this space. It highlights the limited use of theoretical frameworks to help 
 conceptualize online help-seeking. Self-determination theory and the 
 help-seeking model provide promising starting points for the development of 
 online help-seeking theories. This review discusses the use of these theories 
 to conceptualize online help-seeking and identify key motivations and 
 tensions that may arise when young people seek help online.
  Keywords: help-seeking behavior; internet; mental health; online behavior; 
   self-determination theory; systematic review; youth

                                                 Hormones (Athens). 2019 Nov 20.
7. Online health information-seeking behavior by endocrinology patients.
   Kyriacou A, Sherratt C
 PURPOSE: Given that the Internet is important for health-related information 
 (HRI) and the fact that online health information (OHI)-seeking behavior has 
 never been studied in endocrinology, we set out to examine how and why the 
 Internet is utilized for HRI, the frequency of such activity, its impact, 
 future information needs, and the effect of language.
  METHODS: A mainly quantitative, embedded mixed-methods study was performed, 
 employing a questionnaire survey. We included 312 patients (78.4% response 
  RESULTS: OHI-seeking was reported by 175 patients (56.1%), especially in 
 younger (p = 0.037) and more educated (p = 0.006) patients. OHI-seekers 
 perceived OHI to be high-quality (135, 77.1%) but 104 (59.4%) were unaware of 
 website certification tools. Among OHI-seekers, 63 (36.6%) reported positive 
 behavioral changes after seeking OHI. Only 45 (25.7%) OHI-seekers discussed 
 their gathered information with their endocrinologist. If an interactive 
 e-learning module was available, 194/312 (62.2%) patients expressed 
 willingness to use it, especially those reporting a need for more HRI (p = 
 0.024). Native speakers were more likely to report that OHI did not meet 
 their information needs (p < 0.001).
  CONCLUSIONS: OHI-seeking by patients attending the endocrinology outpatients 
 is widely practiced. The availability of OHI in the native language and 
 e-learning modules may enhance the utility of the Internet for health 
  Keywords: Doctor-patient relationships; Health information–seeking 
   behavior; Health-related information; Language skills; Outpatients; Patient