PiF has today launched four new resources to provide practical support and guidance for people involved in the creation of health information for patients, service users and the public.
- A beginner’s guide to planning and developing health information
- Communicating the quality of evidence
- Good referencing
- Working with clinical experts
A beginner’s guide to planning and developing health information sets out the key steps involved in creating high quality health information with top tips and links to more detailed guidance and resources contained within the PiF Toolkit.
It is based on the evidence of what good information looks like, and highlights the key principles of NHS England’s ‘The Information Standard‘ certification programme for all organisations producing evidence-based health and care information for the public.
The content is divided into two sections:
- The process for developing high quality health information
- Developing the content for high quality health information
You can download the guide here.
Communicating the quality of evidence, Good referencing and Working with clinical experts are all short practical guides to some of the key elements of creating accurate and evidence based health information.
Whatever type of information you’re producing – whether it’s an in-depth decision aid or a one-page patient leaflet – you’re bound to be basing at least part of it on clinical evidence. But how reliable are the studies you’ve drawn your information from? And what’s the best way of sharing this with your audience?
Communicating the quality of evidence looks at how different types of evidence are graded and approaches to communicating the quality of evidence to your service users.
You may be confident that you’re using robust, evidence-based sources to produce your health content – but how can your readers be sure? Including a list of your sources in your content makes your information transparent. It shows readers that your information is accurate and evidence-based.
Good referencing discusses key points to consider when referencing health content, and reviews some of the main options for keeping a record of and sharing information about the references you’ve used.
If you’re producing information with medical content, it’s essential that clinical experts are involved in its development – with medical review forming a key part of the production process. Our short guide Working with clinical experts looks at some of the key questions involved, such as who and what to ask, and how to manage the process of review by healthcare professionals.
All four resources have been published as part of our new Toolkit which sets out best practice guidance and key steps to ensure the creation of health information that works.