New PIF TICK toolkit for healthcare providers

28 February, 2023

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The announcement below is forwarded from Patient Information Forum (UK). Are you aware of similar initiatives in your country?


New PIF TICK toolkit for HCPs

We have today (28 February) launched a new PIF TICK toolkit to help healthcare professionals provide trusted information to their patients.

The new toolkit includes a directory of more than 85 Trusted Information Creators, sorted by therapy area.

It also includes patient-facing factsheets on evidence, spotting false information and BMI.

Sue Farrington, chair of PIF, said: “We know from the recent COVID-19 crisis and the proliferation of opinion on social media platforms, often taken for fact, how disinformation can spread.

"So, at a time when our healthcare system is stretched, it becomes even more important that healthcare professionals can have confidence in being able to signpost trusted information.”

Please help us raise awareness of this new resource by sharing on social media and with your healthcare professional colleagues.

Don't forget to use #PIFTick so we can share your posts.

View the new healthcare professional resources

The PIF Team

Patient Information Forum (PIF)

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COMMENT (NPW): The Toolkit site notes that '58% of healthcare professionals [in the UK] surveyed by the Patient Information Forum (PIF) reported difficulty sourcing reliable health information to share with patients'. I would be interested to hear about experience in other countries. Email:

It would also be interesting to compare PIF Tick with the HON Code (Health on the Net Foundation, Geneva), and any other 'kite-marks' that may exist. It's important that such initiatives build the collective impact while avoiding fragmentation and duplication.

Many thanks, Neil

HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of HIFA (Healthcare Information For All), a global health community that brings all stakeholders together around the shared goal of universal access to reliable healthcare information. HIFA has 20,000 members in 180 countries, interacting in four languages and representing all parts of the global evidence ecosystem. HIFA is administered by Global Healthcare Information Network, a UK-based nonprofit in official relations with the World Health Organization. Email: