Consumer-driven, patient-centered health care in the age of electronic information

J Med Libr Assoc. 2002 Jan;90(1):32-7.


Americans are turning in increasing numbers to the Internet for information related to their health. Access to information that was previously difficult, if not impossible, for consumers to obtain has helped drive a shift in traditional roles for patients and physicians. Technology has made possible additional avenues for communication that can enhance new relationships. Ample opportunities exist for librarians to participate in a collaborative practice role, helping to serve the needs of both consumers and physicians as consumer-driven, patient-centered health care evolves to meet its full potential.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Data Collection
  • Decision Making
  • Humans
  • Information Services* / trends
  • Librarians*
  • Medical Informatics / methods*
  • Patient Education as Topic / methods
  • Patient Participation* / methods
  • Patient Participation* / trends
  • Patient-Centered Care*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Quality of Health Care / trends
  • United States