Leveraging Social Media & Digital Event from the Information Standard, and supported by PiF took place on Wednesday this week. It was well received with over 100 attendees and plenty of tweets #24octsm. The Information Standard will be uploading the presentations from the day as they get them, and they will be available on their web site. Currently available are presentations from IBM, Latitude on “Pointers for leveraging Google+”, Cancer Research UK and the Digital Strategists at #nhssm.
Leveraging Social Media & Digital Event from the Information Standard, and supported by PiF took place on Wednesday this week. It was well received with over 100 attendees and plenty of tweets #24octsm The Information Standard will be uploading the presentations from the day as they get them, and they will be available on the…
Most parents frequently rely on the Internet for paediatric health information, and yet the content and quality of information can vary greatly from website to website. According to new research in the US websites provided by academic institutions offer the most reliable pediatric health information, and commercial-sponsored websites, the least. In general, disease summary and diagnosis information is more likely to be correct on the Internet than information about the cause and prognosis for a disease. In addition, there was a lot of overlap of information among different websites, such as text, photos and diagrams that appeared to be directly copied from one website to another. This could be very misleading for patients if the information is incorrect, as was often the case.
Macmillan has created a new resource: Your life and your choices: plan ahead, which explains how people affected by cancer can plan ahead for their future care.The booklet covers a variety of topics, including creating a Lasting Power of Attorney, writing Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment, making a will, organ and tissue donation and funeral planning.
This week the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) launched the Find Me Good Care web site to help people find the right care and support to suit their needs and lifestyle, whether at a time of crisis, as they plan for the future or as they change care services. Find Me Good Care is a comprehensive source of adult social care information and advice, combined with a searchable, comparable directory of care and support services. It offers care and support providers the opportunity to promote their services – including those that do not have to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – through a well-regarded and promoted online service.
This year, Ask Your Pharmacist (AYP) Week will take place from 5-12th November. The focus will be on engaging men to take a more active interest in their medicines and will draw attention to the pharmacy-based services available to them. Pharmacists will be encouraged to display AYP posters and hand out leaflets in pharmacy, spread the word in the media and using social media, take part in the clinical audit of the week and give a community talk. The Ask Your Pharmacist week web page also features six short videos about engaging effectively with men.
Research: Building an online community to promote communication and collaborative learning between health professionals and young people who self-harm
Online communities are known to break down barriers between supposed experts and non-experts and to promote collaborative learning and ‘radical trust’ among members. Young people who self-harm report difficulties in communicating with health professionals, and vice versa. The researchers sought to bring these two groups together online to see how well they could communicate with each other about self-harm and its management, and whether they could agree on what constituted safe and relevant advice. Young people were keen to share their lived experience with health professionals. Despite registering to take part, health professionals did not actively participate in the forums. In their absence, the young people built a vibrant lay community, supported by site moderators.
Patient Access is a new service provided by Patient.co.uk that helps patients to access their doctor’s surgery online. Around one in four GP practices currently offer this service. For patients to use the service GP surgeries must be using the EMIS medical records system. Patients also need to register for an account before they can log in. There are a variety of features and each surgery can choose which ones to offer. Popular features include checking, booking and cancelling appointments, checking medications and ordering repeat medication and updating contact information.
Macmillan Cancer Support is giving special training to pharmacists so patients can talk through any problems that may have arisen as a result of having cancer. The team of Boots pharmacists do not only help with advice about medication but can also point sufferers or their carers in the right direction for information or financial and emotional advice. So far, more than 500 pharmacists working at Boots have received the training.
Organisations delivering or planning to deliver peer support for people with long term conditions will be able to find out more about its benefits and good practice thanks to a new guidance by the Mental Health Foundation Peer Support in Long Term Conditions: the Basics. It provides a starting point for organisations which is accessible to a wide audience and applicable to all long term conditions. The guidance covers topics including who benefits most from peer support; formalising peer support and sustaining peer support services.