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Health Information Week


Health Information Week

Health Information Week (HIW) is an annual campaign promoting good quality health resources available to the public, and to encourage partnership working across sectors. HIW has been running since 2005 and supports the national priorities of Knowledge for Healthcare (KfH) which is HEE’s development framework for NHS Library and Knowledge Services in England 2015-2020. The campaign is endorsed by many organisations including HEE, NHS England and the Society of Chief Librarians and will ran throughout England for the first time in June 2017. More information about Health Information Week can be found here and the overall aims of the campaign are listed below:

  • Patients and public use the right knowledge and evidence, at the right time, in the right place (Knowledge for Healthcare, Health Education England)
  • Encourage partnership working and improve access to quality local information (Better Information, Better Choices, Better Health, DOH)
  • Local communities leading for health (Choosing Health, DOH)
  • Promote healthier communities (Public Libraries Impact Measures)
  • Information, combined with the right support, is the key to better care, better outcomes and reduced costs (Equity and Excellent: Liberating the NHS)
  • Good information and communication promote health literacy, treatment adherence, self-management, shared decision-making, confidence and realistic expectations. (Information: A report from the NHS Future Forum)

The list below is a selection of related current research outputs from our University, and illustrates the important contribution our academics are making towards the future development of health information. You can also find related books in stock in the Library.

Key titles

Statistical Information

UK Data Service Health - information on health and health related behaviour.

Public Health England Health Profiles - discover the health profile of your community.

Research outputs

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Open Access Health Information Sources

NHS Choices provides good quality health information both for patients and professionals, as well as containing a searchable list of services in your specific area.

NICE Evidence search: this is the NHS version of Google. Useful for evidence based information, Guidance and Nice pathways as well as good quality patient information and primary research. Some information is freely available whilst other information is subscription access only. Access to full text information depends upon individual Trusts' subscriptions.

Behind the headlines: outlines the latest health information as reported in the media with links to the original research. Behind the headlines is a REALLY useful resource to help you read and discover the truth behind the newspaper stories.

TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice) is a database of high quality research evidence which allows you to refine your search by evidence type. 

‚ÄčGoogle Scholar provides access to some full text freely available journal articles and primary research. Remember to use your critical appraisal skills to ensure you are using the best quality evidence.

PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. The aim of PLOS is to provide easy access to good quality research.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  providing access to high quality, open access, peer reviewed journals.

Leeds Beckett University Repository providing access to the research outputs of Leeds Beckett academic staff.

Health Information Week

Detailed information about Health Information Week including a list of events in Leeds can be found here as well as links to sources of information around mental health, healthy living, learning, mindfulness, and connecting with your community.