13. Patient Information: Sources

  1. Caroline De Brún1 and
  2. Nicola Pearce-Smith2

Published Online: 15 NOV 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118463093.ch13

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

How to Cite

De Brún, C. and Pearce-Smith, N. (eds) (2014) Patient Information: Sources, in Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118463093.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Clinical Support Librarian, UCL Library Services and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  2. 2

    Information Scientist, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Summertown Pavilion, Middle Way, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 NOV 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 JAN 2014

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Carl Heneghan,
  2. Rafael Perera and
  3. Douglas Badenoch

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118463130

Online ISBN: 9781118463093



  • patient information;
  • quality health information;
  • rarer conditions;
  • shared decision-making


With the growth in technology and increased access to online health information of variable quality, there is a greater need for skills in information literacy, particularly with regards to health information. This chapter is designed to help health professionals, patients and carers find good quality, online consumer health information. It highlights some of the tools, decision aids, and resources designed for and available to patients. Shared decision-making is very high on the government agenda at the moment as it benefits the patient and the health organisation in terms of well-being, service improvement, and cost-efficiency. Patients may encounter difficulties such as with terminology or spelling, when searching the Internet for health information. Finding good quality health information on rarer conditions can be much harder. A useful forum for keeping up to date with patient information developments is the Patient Information Forum.