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Informed Health Choices Podcast: ‘Benefits and harms’

Posted on 17th March 2017 by

Learning Resources

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For background information to this ‘Informed Health Choices Podcast’, see: http://www.testingtreatments.org/informed-health-choices-podcasts/

Listen to the podcast here: Informed Health Choices Podcast: ‘benefits and harms’ 

Roughly how long did it take you to read/view/complete the resource?

This resource is a 6.5-minute podcast (audio file) that explains how treatments can have both good (beneficial) and bad (harmful) effects on your health.

What did you think of the resource? (e.g. was it clear or difficult to understand?)

The resource was clear, used simple language and was easy to understand as it informed the audience using a conversation between a parent and an experienced health professional.

Do you feel it improved your understanding?

It did not increase my understanding as I feel that I have already acquired this knowledge. However, I feel that it is a great resource to improve (for example) the understanding of parents with children in developing countries as it focuses on Malaria treatment, a common health issue in developing countries.

What problems did you find with it (if any) / how do you think it could be improved?

The only issue with the resource is its length (6.5 minutes) and specificity to Malaria treatment. To improve the resource, the podcast could be reduced to 2-3 minutes. To appeal to an audience in a developed country, the conversation between the parent and health professional could focus on antibiotic medications or another commonly required medication for children.

Overall, what would you score the resource out of 5? (and why?)

I would score the resource a 4 out of 5 because of its clear and simple message, that is easy for a broad, public audience to understand.


Georgia Richards

Georgia is an Australian graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science) and First Class Honours in Pharmacology from the University of Queensland. Georgia has been accepted into the University of Oxford and will begin her DPhil (PhD) in Primary Health Care within the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in October 2017. In the meantime, Georgia is working as a Research Assistant in Australia at Wesley Medical Research within the Rural and Remote Health team. Here, she is working on a study that is examining medicine use in patients from rural and remote areas of Australia. View more posts from Georgia

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