Carol Ann Attwood, MLS, AHIP, MPH, RN, C, medical librarian in the Patient and Health Education Library and Kay E. Wellik, MLS, AHIP, FMLA, director of library services, both at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, are the authors of the following article in the new (October 2012) issue of the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing — way to go!
“Collaboration, Collegiality, and Cooperation: Consumer Health Library Services and the American Cancer Society Navigator Role” at http://n.ons.org/QGAQ6e
Patients and family members are overwhelmed by the diagnosis of cancer and often do not know where to look for answers, information on the treatment options, or community resources for support during the cancer journey. A unique relationship was forged with a patient and health education librarian at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and an American Cancer Society navigator, which encouraged collaboration to better meet the informational and supportive healthcare needs of patients. This article addresses the background of the project, the steps taken to establish the relationship, space allocation, and need for confidentiality. The innovations produced by this partnership also are discussed, including development of cancer pathfinders and cancer communication blogs for patients, as well as comarketing of services.