Gale A. Dutcher

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OBJECTIVE Convincing evidence of the effectiveness of health information outreach projects is essential to ensure their continuity. This paper reviews the current state of health information outreach evaluation, characterizes strengths and weaknesses in projects' ability to measure their impact, and assesses enablers of and barriers to projects' success. It(More)
OBJECTIVE A panel was convened to elicit guidance for librarians in initiating and implementing community-based health information outreach. PARTICIPANTS Participants included a panel of individuals from communities or community organizations who represented the types of groups with which librarians or information specialists need to interact and an(More)
The AIDS Clinical Trials Information Service (ACTIS) is a central resource for information about federally and privately funded HIV/AIDS clinical trials. Sponsored by four components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ACTIS has been a key part of U.S. HIV/AIDS information and education services since 1989. ACTIS offers a toll-free(More)
OBJECTIVE The paper provides an overview of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM's) AIDS Community Information Outreach Program during the years 1994 to 2005, discusses the impact of previously funded projects, and explores future implications for HIV/AIDS information outreach to communities in need. METHODS A qualitative assessment was conducted to(More)
OBJECTIVES Overcoming health disparities between majority and minority populations is a significant national challenge. This paper assesses outreach to Native Americans (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians) by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). A companion paper details NLM's portfolio of Native American outreach projects. METHOD(More)
OBJECTIVES This paper provides the most complete accounting of the National Library of Medicine's (NLM's) Native outreach since 1995, when there were only a few scattered projects. METHOD The descriptive overview is based on a review of project reports, inventories, and databases and input from the NLM Specialized Information Services Division, National(More)
The AIDS Community Information Outreach Program (ACIOP) was created in 1994 to assist the affected community in utilizing electronic HIV/AIDS information resources. Nearly 300 competitive awards have been made to mostly community-based organizations. A formal evaluation was undertaken to determine the performance and impact of the ACIOP. A mixed methods(More)
Development of subject-specific Gophers is one method to make valuable health information more accessible to those who need it. The National Library of Medicine has developed a Gopher that provides access to information produced by many areas of the library. Recommendations from subject experts in two areas--AIDS, and toxicology and environmental(More)
As part of a U.S government effort to combat AIDS, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is expanding its information services in this area. In response to the Health Omnibus Program Extension Act of 1988, NLM has expanded its AIDS Bibliography, enhanced its DIRLINE file with AIDS-related organizations, and developed three new online MEDLARS (Medical(More)