Health Information Week is a campaign promoting access to high-quality health information for patients and the public. This can have a huge impact on people’s ability to stay healthy and manage illnesses effectively, giving them a better quality of life.
The aim of HIW is to give people simple tools to help them decide if the health information they see is true, safe, and reliable.
What to ask
There are a few simple questions you can ask yourself when looking at health information:
- Where did the information come from? Who produced it? Was it the NHS or a trusted charity or health organisation? Is the information relevant to the UK?
- How current is the information? When was it published or last updated? Health information changes over time – make sure it is up-to-date.
- Is it easy to use and understand? Does the information make sense?
- Is it based on multiple evidence reviews or case studies? Look for clear references.
- Why has it been produced? Is it to inform or is there an agenda? Is the website profit driven?
Public Library events
Our Public Health and our Patient Information Specialist Librarians will set up a stall within Brighton’s Jubilee Library.
Frankie Marcelline, Public Health Specialist Librarian
There will be high-quality health leaflets for people to take.
On Wednesday, a Health Improvement Specialist from Public Health will be on hand to talk about safe alcohol use.
Patient Information and Health Promotion
Did you know we have a range of health guidance and materials for you to use with your patients and service users?