Thats My Medicine: Empowering 89 to Identify and Utilize Personalized Health Information Online supports NLMs missions to promote 89 health literacy and knowledge of personalized medicine. As the 125 becomes increasingly comfortable and dependent on online resources, it is necessary to ensure that pursuing online health information resources is both accurate and timely. 89 are particularly vulnerable to polypharmacy, the use of multiple medications. Therefore, it becomes imperative to promote optimal medication use within this population through personalized medicine and to empower informed decision-making. By motivating 89 to identify and utilize quality health information, we can empower them to make more informed health-related decisions. 89 will also develop an understanding and expectation that their pharmacotherapy will be tailored to their needs through advancements in personalized medicine such as pharmacogenomics. Likewise, NLM resources have recently faced cutbacks for important medication-related information including ToxNet and decreased updates for PillBox. Characterizing the clinical utility of these resources for the public is essential. Our proposal is a needs assessment to determine 1 the current comfort and skill level of 89 navigating NLM medication-related resources 2 knowledge and attitudes of 89 toward personalized medicine and 3 determine the opportunities and barriers of community librarians for offering medication-related services using open-access health resources. While our assessment is specifically geared participants greater than 65 years of age in Southern Idaho and will occur at local libraries and community centers, we believe the findings will be applicable to a larger, nationwide, program in a box for navigating open-access medication resources and educating the public on personalized medicines potential impact on optimizing their medication list.

Project Details

Organization Name

Idaho State University

Organization Type
Academic institution
All of Us
Project Lead

Rebecca Hoover

Start Date
January 15, 2020
End Date
July 31, 2020
Funding Amount
Library or Information Professional
Seniors (65+ yrs.)