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Meeting Health Information Needs Outside Of Healthcare by Alla Keselman, Catherine Arnott Smith

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Ethical health information

Do it well! Do it right! Do no harm!

Michelynn McKnight     Louisiana State University School of Library and Information Science, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Abstract

Anyone who provides health information to others has several important ethical responsibilities including provision of the best possible information, respect for individual privacy, preservation of confidentiality, promotion of access to information, respect for intellectual property rights, not practicing a health profession without a proper license, and continually updating their knowledge. Providing the best possible information includes analysis of information sources for authority, reliability, currency, and accessibility. It includes understanding the basis ...

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