Health information should be easier to find - especially from within the hospital


cathyp writes "BusinessWeek Online has an article about a reporter's inability to find the information he needed to make health decisions while in the hospital. No mention of whether or not there is actually a library at that hospital or not.

"Hospitals need to help patients learn how to study their conditions and their options. They're full of social workers, counselors, and even volunteers. Training them to train patients in learning about their diseases and their options is an investment in letting us learn quickly how to coordinate our own care. And it's a job a motivated candy-striper could handle. Even doctors, who are known to complain that patients rely on unreliable Web sites, should be way more active in helping us find something better."

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