Consumer Health Information Needs in the Rural Northwest:
A Value-Sensitive Design Approach (2001 - 2003)
The needs for health information, especially regarding communicable disease, diabetes and cancer, are considered particularly acute among disadvantaged and underserved populations in such rural areas as Central Washington. These factors have led local healthcare providers to identify information flow as a major impediment to improving public awareness of consumer health issues and practices, and to information among service providers.
Supported by the University of Washington’s Royalty Research Fund and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region Division, we investigated the perceptions of Yakima Valley residents regarding healthy living, their needs for consumer health information, their information-seeking patterns, and different media.