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ERIC Number: ED352968
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 38
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Medical Reference: A Comparative Analysis of Two Consumer Health Databases with MEDLINE.
Gawdyda-Merolla, Lori M.
Consumers are becoming more actively involved in making decisions about health care, but librarians have had difficulty providing them with current, authoritative, and readable information. Medical databases provide the best reference to information on most health questions, from the latest breakthroughs to information on treatment methods and diagnostic techniques. The database MEDLINE is the major source of information for health professionals. Within the last 5 years databases geared to consumers have become available. The two primary consumer databases are Health Periodicals Database (HPD) and Combined Health Information Database (CHID). Each of these three databases was searched to obtain information about five common diseases. The output of the three databases was compared as well as the subject content, time coverage, timeliness, cost, and search features of each one. These data were collected from vendor manuals and from the database producer. The study showed that: (1) HPD generally provides more information on most consumer health topics; (2) CHID provides hard to find information; (3) MEDLINE is not a necessary supplement for the two consumer databases because it is far too technical for most people to use; and (4) HPD is not so comprehensive that it can be used to the exclusion of CHID. For the five questions searched, HPD and CHID provided only one common citation. A list of CHID subfiles and a description of the search strategies used in evaluating the databases are appended. (Contains 20 references.) (KRN)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Language: English
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