Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding out about Diabetes: The Best Print and Electronic Resources

Academic journal article Journal of the Medical Library Association

The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding out about Diabetes: The Best Print and Electronic Resources

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Ladd, Dana L., and Altshuler, Alyssa. The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out about Diabetes: The Best Print and Electronic Resources.Chicago,IL: Neal-Schuman; 2013. 323 p. $80.00. ISBN: 978-1-55570-890-0.#'

The Medical Library Association Guide to Finding Out about Diabetes: The Best Print and Electronic Re- sources is far more encompassing and comprehensive than the sub- title of the book suggests. The provided information covers key diabetes mellitus concepts that have been reviewed by a medical content advisory board that in- cludes a diabetes case manager and an associate professor at the Virginia Commonwealth Univer- sity School of Pharmacy, and annotated bibliographies of reli- able print, audiovisual, and web resources.

The book has two goals: to help patients find valid information on diabetes for their particular situa- tions and to provide librarians with a background of core diabetes concepts to improve reference in- terviews with patients who have questions concerning their diabe- tes diagnoses. Librarians looking for a general diabetes resource to recommend to a layperson should be aware that the book is written at a reading level that is above the twelfth grade. The American Diabe- tes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes (American Diabetes Asso- ciation; 2001; ISBN: 978-1-580- 40330-6) or the Joslin Guide to Diabetes: A Program for Managing Your Treatment (Fireside Books; 2005; ISBN: 978-0-743-25784-8) may be better suited for the layperson. The Guide to Finding Out about Dia- betes comprises four parts: ''Basic Resources for Getting Started,'' ''Di- abetes Management Resources,'' ''Life with Diabetes,'' and ''Related Health Complications and Care Re- sources.'' Some of the information provided is more appropriate for the librarian; for instance, there are sections on conducting a ref- erence interview and evaluating websites.

Part I of the book presents information on types 1 and 2 diabetes, prediabetes, gestational diabetes, and diabetes in children. Each type includes an overview and appropriate, annotated infor- mation sources. It should be noted that sources and annotations are sometimes repeated in the various sections. The American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabe- tes is listed as a resource for type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes in the designated bibliographies. …

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