Research conducted by DIPEx International affiliated research groups is primarily disseminated via publications in academic journals and each country’s website, in the form of multimedia resources. The resources directly benefit the general public by providing reliable and reassuring information about the experience of living with a health condition. However, the resources have further application in teaching, learning and service improvement.
The resources are used all over the world to train professionals working in the field of health and social care. A paper by Snow et al (2016*) demonstrated that the use of videos of patient interviews in teaching medical students about the colposcopy procedure was linked to better exam results and self-reported levels of confidence, compared to a control group.
In addition, the research has been used to great effect in improving health service provision. Locock et al (2014**) developed a more efficient form of experience-based co-design (EBCD) known as accelerated experience-based co-design (AEBCD) in which the video resources are used as catalysts to prompt discussion among staff and patients around the improvement of services. The AEBCD process was shown to result in patient-centred improvements to services comparable to those achieved by EBCD but in a shorter time frame and at a lower cost.
*Rosamund Snow, Joanna Crocker, Katherine Talbot, Jane Moore & Helen Salisbury (2016) Does hearing the patient perspective improve consultation skills in examinations? An exploratory randomized controlled trial in medical undergraduate education, Medical Teacher,38:12, 1229-1235
**Locock, L, Robert, G, Boaz, A, Vougioukalou, S, Shuldham, C, Fielden, J, Ziebland, S, Gager, M, Tollyfield, R. and Pearcey, J (2014) Testing accelerated experience-based co-design: a qualitative study of using a national archive of patient experience narrative interviews to promote rapid patient-centred service improvement. NIHR Journals Library.
“To study the phenomenon of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.”
Sir William Osler
Regius Professor of Medicine, University of Oxford (1905-1920)