Providing patient information and education in practice: The role of the health librarian

Ivana Truccolo, Hannah Spring

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In this article, guest writer Ivana Truccolo presents an overview of her work at the Scientific and Patient Library of a Cancer Comprehensive Centre in Italy coordinating the patient education process. She discusses the historical evolution of the concept of patient education and how this has run alongside the role of the health librarian in the provision of consumer health information. Details are provided about various patient education programmes in place at the Centre. In particular, various activities are discussed including patient education classes, the development of patient education handouts and a narrative medicine programme which includes a literary competition. The article concludes with a specific outline of the role the health librarian can play in the provision of consumer health information and patient education. H.S. Health Information and Libraries Journal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-166
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Information and Libraries Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Consumer health information
  • Education and training
  • Health information needs
  • Information literacy
  • Patient education
  • Patient information
  • Patient participation
  • Patient support groups

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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