News Briefs

Pocket-sized health guides for Hispanics

The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) has issued two pocket-sized Spanish-language guides giving recommendations for detection and prevention of various medical conditions. The guides were designed to be distributed to Spanish-speaking patients, with the goal of boosting the number of Hispanic women who use prenatal care to 90% by the year 2000. AHCPR officials also hope the guides will prompt more His pan ics over age 65 to get pneumonia and influenza shots. Currently, only 38% of Hispanic seniors receive the shots. The goal for the year 2000 is 60%.

The guidebooks are part of the AHCPR’s national campaign titled "Put Prevention into Practice." Copies of the guidebooks can be obtained by calling (800) 358-9295 or by visiting AHCPR’s Web site at They are free of charge and available in both English and Spanish. There is a limit of 200 per customer in each category.

Week dedicated to patient education

The Philadelphia-based Health Care Education Association (HCEA) announced that it has designated the week of Dec. 5-11 as Health Care Education Week. The theme this year is "Y2 Teach . . . A Gift for the Future." The theme was selected because of the Y2K issue and because the week was near numerous religious celebrations that incorporate gifts as part of the observance. Also, the theme refers to future health.

In the year 2000, HCEA hopes to join with other health care organizations in planning the observance of health care education. Rather than one week, an entire month may be set aside to observe health care education.

For more information, contact: Health Care Edu cation Association, 1211 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA 19107. Telephone: (888) 298-3861 or (215) 985-0216. Fax: (215) 545-8107.

Databases to get you started

Following are a few Web sites you can access when doing a literature search:

• Databases.

— Medical Library Association, Consumer and Patient Health Information section:

— Medline Plus: html.

— Thriveonline Health Library:

• On-line newsletters.

Dr. Koop's Community:

Intelihealth, published by Johns Hopkins Medical Center:

To Your Health, published by Kaiser Permanente:

• Subscription databases.

Health Reference Center Academic, InfoTrac SearchBank. InfoTrac, 362 Lakeside Drive, Foster City, CA 94404. Telephone: (800) 227-8341 or (650) 378-5000. Web site: