Health sciences library outreach to family caregivers: a call to service

Mary M. Howrey

Abstract


This commentary discusses the information needs of family caregivers and care recipients in the United States. Health sciences library services and outreach activities that support family caregivers include: (1) advocacy, (2) resource building, and (3) programming and education. Ethical issues related to the privacy and confidentiality of clients are outlined in the commentary for information service providers. Also, continuing professional education resources are identified to assist librarians in providing high-quality information services for this special family caregiver population, such as those designed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) through the NLM 4 Caregivers program.

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Family Caregivers; Information and Referral; Library Services to Special Populations; Community Outreach; Library Marketing

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jmla.2018.390

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