The King’s Fund have published a blog, inspired by their archive, exploring how guidance on what constitutes good quality patient information has changed over the last 50 years.
The King’s Fund’s first report on producing patient information, Information booklets for patients, was based on a survey carried out by the Fund in 1962. Using best practice examples, the report was a practical guide on how to produce information for people who were about to go into hospital.
In 1996 they were involved in The future’s bright: the future’s digital, which explored how multimedia options, such as the compact disc and the internet, could be used to deliver health information to patients and the public.
This led to the King’s Fund support for the creation of PIF in 1997, and their POPPi guide: practicalities of producing patient information, written in 2000 by PIF’s founder Mark Duman.
The blog references PIF’s 2013 Making the Case for Information project, and how this demonstrated that, despite a growing focus on the quality through accreditation schemes such as the Information Standard, the delivery and quality of health information remained patchy.
The blog highlights the Fund’s current focus on how the use of technology and data has the potential to better support patients with the information and resources they need to learn more about and manage their conditions.
However, their 2016 resource A digital NHS? highlights challenges including, how the growth in uptake of medical apps is not as widespread as expected and the challenges around developing an accreditation scheme to ensure the efficacy and security of medical apps.
PIF is holding an event exploring Digital Health Information on 24 January 2017 in London – details can be found here.
The full King’s Fund blog can be read here.