Intuitively it makes sense that patients do better if they are involved in the decisions made about their health and care. Research indicates that this is true, as outlined in this article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
So what role can well designed patient information play in improving outcomes? Examples of well designed patient information include excellent handbooks and ebooks that have been around for some time like those from Family Doctor publications, websites like www.patient.co.uk or Bandolier, and specialist resources such as the parent and carer resources at www.medicinesforchildren.org.uk and the radical children’s animated series Medikidz.
I would be very interested to hear from anyone who would like to measure the impact, in reduced consultation time, improved patient outcomes and satisfaction, or more efficient use of resources, as a result of using prescribable information.