HIRP Research Brief

No. 10

Strategies to Improve Consumer Health Information Services
January 2002

Authors

Sandra M. Foote, ScM & Lynn Etheredge

Summary

Consumer health information is important in two respects. It helps individuals improve their own health and creates pressure on the healthcare system to produce higher quality care. Initiatives to strengthen consumer health information services are underway in many public and private-sector organizations nationwide. This paper describes some trends in the field and opportunities to spur further progress nationally and at the community level over the next few years.

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