Notes from the field of public involvement

Wednesday, 12 July 2006

Patient Consultation and Information International

I sat in recently on a course on Scientific Writing given by our M-A-C Associate Consultant Angela Haden at IMBEI (Institute fur Medizinische Biometrie, Epidemologie and Informatik: part of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz), I spotted news of a Patient Question and Answer session (picture below).

Patient Question and Answer in German ...

Good to see an example of a patient-centred initiative in a country that was described in the Euro Health Consumer Index 2006 - copyright the Health Consumer Powerhouse AB in the following terms "The customer rules! Would be really great, but lacks the cutting edge for quality. You want healthcare information - ask your doctor!" The report added "Scores of countries like Germany and France suffer from what seems to be an expert-driven attitude to healthcare, where the patient(s) access healthcare information with healthcare professionals as intermediaries rather than directly".

This interesting piece of research, while characterising the UK overall as "mediocre healthcare performer", went on to say "Star performer on healthcare information!" citing the availability of the "Dr Foster" info.

Euro Health Consumer Index (link opens in Adobe PDF): http://www.healthpowerhouse.com/media/EHCI2005_EN.pdf

Colin Adamson | Send feedback