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Medical News & Perspectives
April 5, 2000

National Library of Medicine to Help Consumers Use Online Health Data

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JAMA. 2000;283(13):1675-1676. doi:10.1001/jama.283.13.1675

Politicians have long recognized that the way to get their message out to many citizens in the rural South is to go where the people are: within the walls of small country churches. But this year, messengers with a less political agenda—medical librarians—will visit those same churches to get the word out about the Internet and their institutions' ability to help folks use their libraries' technological resources to obtain online health information.

According to a recent poll by National Public Radio (NPR), the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, more than 8 in 10 Americans under age 60 currently use a computer at home or work, although people with incomes of less than $30,000 per year and those with just a high school education are much less likely to use a computer than those with higher incomes and more extensive education.