"Access to reliable healthcare information is (or should be) a human right: Do you agree or disagree?" (19)

30 June, 2023

Thanks Geoff, Neil, Chris and others for this thread which I am just picking up.

Revising a draft rejected (with helpful & encouraging feedback) paper on technology, society, covid, info disorder and Hodges' model I will cite this work and HIFA.

Whether it's interpersonal communication, theory-practice, government policy (!), an interface, owning a phone/tablet, income!, knowledge of software/app, our local geography and many more ... there are often gaps.

I'm just wondering that if the desired policies 'access to info' and as a 'human right' were fully realised in policy, how would the implemented reality look?

It's not that I'm a pessimist (far from it I think/believe), but on the clinical side - in rural and inner city UK the adage and experience with COVID that 'you can take a horse a water' but ___ may apply?

How do we socio-politically compensate for people esp. globally who could avail themselves of high quality and individualised information but choose not to do so - for several reasons (determinants)?

I have this image of an intake of breath - an informational hiatus ('0' '1' :: Will they won't they?) as we see the outcome of a Citizen/Public/Person [or group] :: Health practitioner encounter.

Does the thread implicitly acknowledge this in asking "Do you agree or disagree?".

Socio-politically, this challenge - "People on the periphery / The hard to reach" could be used a reason (ruse!) by politicians - policy makers, commercial interests (ultra processed foods, alcohol, tobacco/vapes, gambling ...) to explain away a lack of impact - policy not having the impact - and hence FUNDING that it should? Is there a need to anticipate this problem and develop strategies to mitigate it?

Also conscious of how - given an opportunity people can lift themselves up (which is a joy!) - but the opportunity itself (AS A PAUSE) needs to be recognised (as information yet again?).

Many thanks,

Peter Jones

Community Mental Health Nurse and Researcher

Warrington Recovery Team, NW England, UK

Blogging at "Welcome to the QUAD"



HIFA profile: Peter Jones is a Community Mental Health Nurse with the NHS in NW England and a a part-time tutor at Bolton University. Peter champions a conceptual framework - Hodges' model - that can be used to facilitate personal and group reflection and holistic / integrated care. A bibliography is provided at the blog 'Welcome to the QUAD' (http://hodges-model.blogspot.com). h2cmuk AT yahoo.co.uk