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Meeting the needs of families: facilitating access to credible healthcare information
  1. Abbie Jordan1,
  2. Christine Chambers2
  1. 1Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, UK
  2. 2Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
  1. Correspondence to : Abbie Jordan
    , Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK; a.l.jordan{at}bath.ac.uk

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Background

Following an increase in the use of the internet in everyday life, research has identified that individuals are increasingly turning to the internet as a means for identifying information about healthcare conditions.1 One study identified that 98% of parents surveyed used the internet to search for information about their child's condition.2 While the use of the internet as an information seeking source is not problematic in itself, a substantial proportion of information has been identified as not being credible, meaning that families are often faced with poor quality non-evidence-based healthcare information.3 Compounding this problem is the fact that families typically do not have access to the traditional academic sources in which research studies are published, and there is a lengthy 17-year gap between publication of research findings and implementation of findings in clinical practice.4 In order to address these issues, a Twitter chat took place to explore how we can better reach families with evidence-based healthcare information.

Key messages from the Twitter chat (#ebnjc)

Working collaboratively with families

There was overwhelming agreement among chat participants about the importance of ensuring that families are able to access good quality evidence-based information about healthcare. Initial discussion focused around the nature of the relationship between families and healthcare professionals. In particular, …

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