Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Health information obesity: the new epidemic?"

Health information obesity: the new epidemic? is a free talk organised by the Career Development Group, Yorkshire and Humberside Division in collobaration with the University of Sheffield's iSchool. The speaker is Vicky Grant.
Date: Thursday 24th May. Time: 4:00 - 5:30pm. Venue: 1st floor conference room in ICOSS, 219 Portobello, Sheffield University, Sheffield, S1 4DP
Register via Eventbrite Vicky Grant is the Faculty Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the UoS. In this talk, she will look at how patients are using health information from the net and will question the validity of government initiatives to give patients more information. She will argue that what patients actually need is more equitable access to medical research and improved levels of information literacy, including the skills to think critically about the health information they are reading. She will ask you to consider whether open access and open data publishing are matters of medical ethics and will argue that more equitable access to health information could challenge the health inequalities which continue to pervade our society.
Photo by Sheila Webber: "John's van", Sheffield University, April 2012.

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