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Kelsey Grabeel, MSIS, AHIP

Associate Professor
Assistant Director

Research Focus

Consumer and patient health
Health literacy
Delivery of health information to patients and consumers

Published Book Chapters

Oelschlegel SI, Earl M, Leonard, K. Consumer health information services and programs: Best practices. London: Rowman & Littlefield; 2016. Chapter 2, The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Preston Medical Library and Health Information Center; p. 19-34.

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Current Publications

Grabeel KL, Wilson AQ.
Medical librarians and little free libraries: Connecting rural communities to health information Health Info Libr J. 2023 Feb 28. doi: 10.1111/hir.12478. Online ahead of print.

Grabeel KL, Heidel RE, Oelschlegel S, Rudd R.
Collaborative updating of an organizational health literacy tool confirms medical librarians' leadership roles. Health Info Libr J. Health Info Libr J. 2022 Jun;39(2):142-154. doi: 10.1111/hir.12390. Epub 2021 Jul 17.

Petersen D, Grabeel KL, Lindsay LM, Watson C, Dixon M, Kirkpatrick N, Earl M.
Providing consumer health information to the underserved public at remote area medical events in east Tennessee. Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 2021 Apr 20. Available in Scopus: May 2021. [Epub ahead of print]

Lindsay JM, Petersen D, Grabeel KL, Quesenberry AC, Pujol A, Earl M.
Mind like water: Flexibly adapting to serve patrons in the era of COVID-19. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2021 Jan-Mar;40(1):56-66.

Grabeel KL, Moore JC.
Confronting the opioid crisis with consumer health information: A look at east Tennessee. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2021 Jan 1;109(1):120-125.

Petersen DW, Earl M, Watson C, Grabeel K.
Influence of library relocation and marketing: Examining zip codes and health disparities to serve consumers in East Tennessee. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2020 Oct 1;108(4):625-630.

Grabeel KL, Luhrs J.
Elevating literary wellness: A hospital library adds a leisure collection. Journal of Hospital Librarianship. 2020 Apr 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Grabeel KL, Luhrs J, Roberts RE, Earl M.
How one library's health information center expanded its marketing plan. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2019 Jul-Sep;38(3):218-227.

Tester E, Grabeel KL, Oelschlegel S, Heidel RE, Russomanno J.
Call to action: Librarians promoting health literacy assessments in oral communication. Journal of Hospital Librarianship . 2019 Apr;19(2-3):129-143.

Grabeel KL, Tester E.
Patient education: A change in review. Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet. 2018;22(3):229-237.

Oelschlegel S, Grabeel KL, Tester E, Heidel RE, Russomanno J.
Librarians promoting changes in the health care delivery system through systematic assessment. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2018 Apr-Jun;37(2):142-152.

Leonard K, Oelschlegel S, Tester E, Russomanno J, Heidel RE.
Assessing the print communication and technology attributes of an academic medical center. Health Literacy Research and Practice. 2018 Feb;2(1):e26-e34.

Grabeel KL, Beeler CJ.
Taking the pulse of the University of Tennessee Medical Center's health literacy knowledge. Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2018 Jan-Mar;37(1):89-96.

Grabeel KL, Russomanno J, Oelschlegel S, Tester E, Heidel RE.
Computerized versus hand-scored health literacy tools: A comparison of Simple Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) and Flesch-Kincaid in printed patient education materials. Journal of the Medical Library Association. 2018 Jan;106(1):38-45. Epub 2018 Jan 2.

Current Presentations

Lindsay JM, Grabeel KL, Petersen D, Quesenberry A, Earl M. Customer value learning: Market research techniques in libraries. Presented at Charleston Conference on Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition; 2020 Nov 2-6; Charleston, SC.


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