Role of Health Information Professionals (HIP)s in Promoting Health Information Literacy(HIL) among Nurses: A Case Study of Selected Norwegian Health institutes.


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Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

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Joint Master Degree in Digital Library Learning (DILL)


Background As health has direct and indirect bearings upon many other issues like economy, environment, social progress etc., information literacy in health sector is one of the very important aspects, which has emerged as an area to be paying attention. Health information professionals (HIP)s have been playing a vital role in promoting health information literacy (HIL) with changing dimension in health care sectors. Nurses’ make up the largest group of health care practitioners who have been practicing in a widest variety of health care and health related positions. By integrating HIL in nursing educational curriculum and, creating scopes and opportunities to become more health information literate, nurses’ can bring sustainable qualitative changes in health care sector. HIP is one of the key stakeholders to seize the opportunity to play with their roles in promoting HIL among nurses. Research aim The research has an aim to figure out the existing roles and newly arisen roles of HIPs in promoting HIL among nurses from Norwegian perspective through a systematic way of understanding. The study has also a focus on the changing perspectives of HIL, or in other sense, the continuum regarding HIL from which the new roles have been arisen. Research approach To figure out these roles in relation to the promotion of HIL among nurses, the study follows deductive research approach where a model underpinned by Gidden’s Structuration Theory is developed to guide the case study. Two types of method, i.e. survey and interview, are embedded in the case study design to gather information from two groups: nurses and HIPs. As the concept of the agency is the pivotal of the model, the main aim of gathering information is to come up with the constraints of the agency and possibilities of change that agency enables. Findings The key findings of the study are presented from two perspectives: the awareness status of nurses and the role of HIPs. The roles are viewed from five categories: service provider, administrative/managerial, educator, researcher, and student/learner where four aspects are embedded in each role i.e. prototype roles, roles beyond prototype, newly arisen roles, and roles coming from socio-political context. i iii Conclusion Then study draws conclusion summing up with findings as per objectives of the research where each objective fits with the proposed model underpinned by Gidden’s Structuration Theory. Finally, the study shows the justification of the proposed model through figuring out different agencies from both domains along with agency’s constraints and abilities for possible changes in the structuration process.


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