Website of the month – Healthtalkonline and Youthhealthtalk

youthhealthTwo for one on the website of the month with the following patient experiences websites. and are award-winning websites from the DIPex health information charity which let you share in more than 2,000 people’s experiences of over 60 health-related conditions and illnesses. Aimed at patients, their carers, family and friends; doctors, nurses and allied health professionals, you can watch videos, listen to audio clips of the interviews, read about people’s experiences and find reliable information about specific conditions, treatment choices and support. Whether you are looking for a direction in which to send patients for further information or are seeking examples of patient experiences this site is worth considering.


Supported by The Health Experiences Research Group at the University of Oxford this is a unique database of personal and patient experiences identified through in-depth qualitative research into over 50 different illnesses and health conditions. Their target is to complete at least 100 conditions within the next 5-10 years. The HER Group uses rigorous and systematic research methods to sample, collect and analyse interviews with individuals of all ethnic groups over the age of sixteen. These methods provide a high quality evidence-based approach to patient experience and ensure that a full range of patients’ perspectives are analysed in terms of what someone might expect to experience when diagnosed with a particular condition or illness. More recent studies have focused on broader health and personal issues, from both the individual’s perspective and that of their carers and families.


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