Entries for the EHI Awards 2012 in association with BT are now open and free to enter. The EHI Awards are the only awards that specifically highlight the achievements of those working in the UK healthcare IT sector. PiF members may be interested in applying for the ‘Best use of social media in healthcare’ award. The award is for outstanding, innovative work that exploits the chosen medium well and has been evaluated and shown to deliver proven benefits. (One of the speakers at the PiF conference this year, David Hammond, was winner of this award last year)
NHS Kidney Care has launched a new report highlighting the benefits that people with a long term condition can gain from monitoring and managing their condition online. The report presents the findings of a comprehensive evaluation NHS Kidney Care carried out around the usage of Renal PatientView (RPV), a secure internet-based system that enables people with kidney disease to view their test results online, and to input some self-collected data such as weight and blood pressure readings. The evaluation shows that patients and health professionals believe that using RPV makes patients feel more in control of their medical care, and gives them a better understanding of their kidney disease. Professionals observed that patients who use RPV are more informed about their kidney disease, and are much more involved in decisions about their treatment.
Latest figures show that the annual Act FAST stroke campaign has had a significant impact on patients receiving stroke treatment. Last year alone, in the two months after the adverts finished running and people’s awareness of the signs increased, the NHS in England saw a 24 per cent rise in stroke related 999 calls, and a 16 per cent rise in stroke sufferers being seen quicker following the campaign in 2011. With evidence that awareness has improved how quickly patients receive stroke treatment, a campaign launches this week. The adverts aim to get people suffering from stroke to hospital as FAST as possible. The Act FAST campaign will include TV adverts running from February 27 to March 25 and will help people to identify the symptoms of stroke by acting FAST.
As internet chemotherapy information (ICI) is increasingly viewed as a valuable patient education tool, the researchers investigated the impact of ICI on patient care and analysed health professionals’ (HPs’) attitudes towards ICI. Just over half of the patient respondents accessed the internet regularly. They were younger, with higher incomes and qualifications. Key search topics included chemotherapy modes of action, symptom management and treatment success, and most considered ICI useful. More than half wanted to discuss ICI with HPs but most did not get the opportunity. Although the majority of HP respondents supported the need for patients to retrieve ICI, most questioned the accuracy of ICI and did not routinely recommend its use.
From influencing behaviour and raising awareness to recruiting activists, donors, volunteers and fundraisers – there’s no doubt that social media has radically transformed the ways in which charities make connections and develop meaningful relationships. The question today is not whether we should be engaging with our audiences through social media, but how we should be maximising its potential. With a mixture of practical breakouts and thought-provoking plenary sessions this one day CharityComms conference will bring together some of the best brains in the charity world to explore the latest trends, case studies and innovations. The conference takes place on 21 March 2012 in London.
Research: Effects of a web-based intervention for adults with chronic conditions on patient activation
A vital role of the health care system is to develop informed, engaged individuals who are effective self-managers of their health. This research is to explore the effect of a Web-based intervention on the patient activation levels of patients with chronic health conditions, measured as attitudes toward knowledge, skills, and confidence in self-managing health. Results suggest that Web-based interventions increase patient activation and have the potential to enhance the self-management capabilities of the growing population of chronically ill people. Activated patients are more likely to adhere to recommended health care practices, which in turn leads to improved health outcomes. Designing Web-based interventions to target a specific stage of patient activation may optimize their effectiveness.
This report is designed to assist the NHS in Wales in delivering high quality and accessible services to people with sensory loss in Wales. The report steering group identified three main areas where services needed to improve, including communication – ensuring information (both written and face-to-face) is accessible and delivered in a way that meets the needs of people with sensory loss. Of specific note was the need to improve communication around access to appointments.
Thousands of charities in the UK are aware of social media, but aren’t sure what it can do for them. Even more are engaging with their audiences on social networks, but want to know how to develop and optimise their activities. CharityComms has put together a two part Guide to Social Media for Charities. Part One is aimed at those just getting started, with Part Two written for charities who are actively using social media and want practical advice on taking their comms to the next level of success.
Research: Direct to consumer Internet advertising of statins offer poor safety and side-effects information
Tighter controls are needed over the online advertising of prescription drugs, researchers have concluded, after finding poor safety and side effects information on a number of websites selling statins to the public. Researcher evaluated a sample of Internet sites advertising statins for sale to the general public and found that the quality of information and information of the safe use of medicines was generally poor. More than 90% of sites didn’t list contraindications and most websites presented a chaotic and incomplete list of known side effects. Another important safety issue came to light during the study with the discovery that eight of the websites offered free prescription only medicines for erectile dysfunction with every statin purchase.
Research carried out by the think-tank, 2020Health, has revealed a dramatic increase in the amount spent by NHS Trusts on translation and interpretation services. The report, Lost in Translation, investigates NHS spend on translation services, the overall costs as well as the individual areas of spend. Research was conducted by 2020health through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests sent to 247 NHS Trusts. The report recommendations include translating materials into easy read English rather than other languages, and make these materials available across all sites and creating a central repository of information that has already been translated into other languages so that it is readily available to all NHS sites.