Sharing MedlinePlus®/MEDLINE® for Information Literacy Education (SMILE): A Dental Public Health Information Project

Julie K. Gaines, Linda S. Levy, Keith W. Cogdill

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Abstract

The SMILE project represented a partnership among the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Libraries, the Gateway Clinic in Laredo, and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District. The project focused on improving dental practitioners' access to reliable information resources and integrating the best evidence into public health dental practice. Through its training program, SMILE cultivated a set of "power information users" among the dentists, dental hygienists, and community health workers (promotores) who provided public health preventive care and oral health education. The dental public health practitioners gained information literacy skills and increased their knowledge about reliable sites such as blogs, PubMed®, and MedlinePlus®. This project fostered opportunities for expanded partnerships with public health personnel.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-364
Number of pages8
JournalMedical Reference Services Quarterly
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Consumer health information
  • dental health education
  • dental hygienists
  • dentists
  • librarians
  • outreach programs
  • public health dentistry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences

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