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Developing an online intervention to help people assess research studies

  • Venue: RIDB1.2.04, Ridley Building, Newcastle University
  • Start: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 12:30:00 GMT
  • End: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:30:00 GMT

Speaker: Dr Shona Hilton, Programme Leader, Understandings and Uses of Public Health Research Programme, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

Title: Understanding Health Research: Developing an online intervention to help people assess research studies

Stories about health are a daily feature of life, telling us what's important and what risks we should be aware of. Some news reporting has a positive influence and is supportive of public health measures, whilst other reporting can be negative and undermine effective public health interventions. People often find it difficult to assess the credibility of the growing expanse of academic research they read and hear about in the popular press. This project was developed to help people better understand research evidence. Following a scoping review, we decided to build an online e-tool (Understanding Health Research). The tool explains scientific concepts and processes so that a person can ask, find, or determine answers to questions about research studies. This seminar examines media influences, how we developed our tool, and asks: how can this tool be further refined to optimise it use? The tool is due to be launched later in September 2014.

KEG November 2014


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