Connecting older adults to quality health information on the internet: a selective annotated bibliography.

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      Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to provide an annotated listing of studies that focus on older adults and, second, to describe methods by which librarians can provide the necessary tools needed to identify quality web sites that provide reliable health information found on the internet. Individuals are taking more interest in their own health care. The internet is becoming an increasingly important and influential source of health information for the public. Unlike some of the traditional approaches to acquiring health information in the past, the internet is accessible 24/7 to anyone who owns a computer and has an internet connection. Design/methodology/approach - The paper presents a review of the literature that examines how older adults search for health information on the internet and what assistance they need is conducted. Several criteria are used to identify the works that are included in this annotated bibliography. In total, 24 studies meet the criteria. Findings - Older adults are rapidly becoming the fastest growing group of users of the web. Librarians can play a major role in assisting older consumers locate health information on the internet. Originality/value - This annotated bibliography provides information about connecting the elderly to quality health information found on the web. Many projects and concepts are discussed. The studies included offer constructive assistance on how to provide programs that will help educate users to become more involved in the health care decision-making process. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]