Timely and accurate information for patients to enable them to understand their situation and make informed decisions about their health care is more important than ever, says a guide published today by The King's Fund.
Producing Patient Information, by Mark Duman, says health care providers have a vital role to play in providing information, whether offering patients instructions on how to take medication or giving complex advice on treatment options.
The guide is the new, fully revised second edition of Practicalities of Producing Patient Information (PoPPi), which was published by the King's Fund in 2000. Fully updated in line with the latest developments in new media such as CD ROMs and the internet, the guide also shows how to use traditional media, such as print, to the best advantage.
The guide offers health professionals in the public, commercial and voluntary sectors advice on:
- what to consider and where to start when producing patient information
- how to manage the stages of the patient information production process
- how to evaluate and update information once it is produced.
Read the report: Producing Patient Information: How to research, develop and produce effective information resources
Notes to editors:
Producing Patient Information: How to research, develop and produce effective information resources, by Mark Duman, is available from the King's Fund on 020 7307 2591, price £20.
For review copies or interviews with the author, please contact Daniel Reynolds on 020 7307 2581 or 07831 554927.