The Importance of Quality Information in the Shared Decision Making Process is a FREE event designed for members and friends of The Information Standard to hear about the role of information in the Shared Decision Making Process. Angela Coulter will be discussing the IPDAS standards and how to develop high quality patient decision aids (PDA); Anna Sayburn from BMJ will be talking about why we need PDAs and how to go about building one and Clare Wexler of Totally Health will also be presenting during the session.
The Information Standard is working with the Department of Health to gain an in depth understanding of the range of views on the subject of ‘assuring health and care information’, both in general terms and also with specific reference to the proposed single portal for health and care information. They are inviting a broad cross-section of health and care information producers, professionals, stakeholders and influencers to take part in a discussion seminar which will feedback directly to key decision makers within the Department of Health. If you have a view on this subject, then we would strongly encourage you to get involved and give them your opinion. For more details about how to take part click through to the web site.
Diagnostic self-tests (tests on body materials that are initiated by consumers with the aim of diagnosing a disorder or risk factor) are becoming increasingly available. Although the pros and cons of self-testing are currently not clear, it is an existing phenomenon that is likely to gain further popularity. The objective of this research was to examine consumers’ use of and needs for information about self-testing, and to assess the quality of consumer information provided with home test kits, as perceived by consumers and as assessed using a checklist of quality criteria. Although generally of moderate to good quality, some aspects of the information provided were in many cases insufficient. European legislation concerning self-tests and accompanying information needs to be adapted and adhered to more closely.
The Quality Institute for Self Management Education and Training (QISMET) have published their universal standard QIS2012 – The Standard for Health Management Programmes and Interventions It is a practical tool to enable providers of self management education and training services to benchmark themselves and be certificated against the QISMET standards,demonstrating they are providing a high quality service and seeking continual improvement. The quality standard covers all types of self management support, health management and behaviour change interventions.