What are pediatric digital libraries and how can they help families?
The use of health IT opens doors for families to conduct their own research to investigate health options for their children. Pediatric digital libraries are easily accessible and provide updated, reliable information. Both families and providers can utilize pediatric digital libraries - providers can contribute to the store of information in the libraries and refer families to use the libraries. However, there is some concern regarding the readability (PDF - 172 KB) of the types of information posted in the libraries.
Examples of pediatric digital libraries include:
Some sites, such as KidsGrowth , have portals for both parents and teens. TeenGrowth is one of the few internet sites focusing on educational health issues of adolescents. MedLine Plus also provides useful information that can be accessed by families on topics such as infant and toddler health, children's health, and teen health.
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