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1. Citation: Beverley, C. A., Bath, P. A., & Booth, A. (2004). Health information needs of visually impaired people: A systematic review of the literature. Health and Social Care in the Community, 12(1), 1-24. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2524.2004.00460.x
Keywords: drug labeling, health promotion, health service needs and demand, information needs, meta-analysis, review literature, visually impaired persons
Abstract: Background: Access to health information is essential in reducing health inequalities in health and social care. Visually impaired people do not always have equal access to this information, and the information available often fails to meet the specific needs of this group.

Objectives: To conduct a systematic review of literature on the health information needs of visually impaired people.

Search Strategy: A large variety of electronic databases, website/search engines, and grey literature databases were searched using a combined free-text and thesaurus approach. Key words used were visually impaired persons, eye diseases, vision disorders, sight, glaucoma, blind, audio tape, audio cassette, Braille, Moon, large print, radio, health education, drug labels, information needs, and health service needs.

Selection Criteria:
Studies that related to people with visual impairment (all types), were also about health information needs and were printed in English were included.

Data Collection and Analysis: Two reviewers independently assessed the articles. The Critical Skills Training in Appraisal for Librarians checklist was used for quality assessment. Two independent reviewers then performed the data extraction procedure, while an independent verifier double-check a sample.

Main Results: Sixteen studies met the inclusion criteria. The authors summarize their findings on multiple aspects of health information for visually impaired people.

Conclusions: There is a paucity of empirical studies examining the health information needs of visually impaired people. Further research is needed in this field. Additionally, the authors recommend that visually impaired people be more actively involved in the planning and conduct of research studies.
Full-Text Availability Options:The publisher of this journal charges a fee.
Link to Full Text:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2524.2004.00460.x/abstract
Record Updated:2016-10-05
 

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