Localizing Chronic Disease Management: Information Work and Health Translations
|Title||Localizing Chronic Disease Management: Information Work and Health Translations|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Authors||Kaziunas, E, Ackerman, MS, Veinot, TCE|
|Conference Name||Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting|
|Keywords||community health, health informatics, health information, health translations, information access|
Based on interviews with people who had diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease in Flint, Michigan, we found people actively doing information work to manage their health in the face of poverty, potentially violent conditions, high stress, and a distrust of institutionalized medicine. More specifically, we observed people translating information into the context of their everyday lives. We present various translations of health information in the form of local strategies for chronic illness management. Study findings highlight initial implications to support health information services on a community level.