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December 9, 1992

The Medical Library as a Patient Aid-Reply

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Englewood, NJ

JAMA. 1992;268(22):3200. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490220044022

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In Reply.  —My colleagues, Mss Rothbaum and Eisenberg, are certainly correct that I did not address the problem of financing consumer health information services. I wrote the article to increase awareness of the value of the service and to encourage physicians, hospital administrators, nurses, librarians, and the public to increase their efforts to find financial resources for consumer information services.About 300 medical libraries in the United States have succeeded in gathering enough funds through grants, private contributions, or from their institutions to provide consumer health information services. It is up to the individual medical librarians to continually advocate resources and access for the consumer in order to develop further funds for such services.Fortunately, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations is revising its standards for 1994 concerning information and will recognize the importance of information support in patient care and patient education. Now is the time for