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Dissemination of research results over the internet - a web-based anthology of Cardiovascular care

Conference paper
Authors Harshida Patel
Maria Schaufelberger
Published in Heart and Lung- The Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Publication year 2011
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Emergeny and Cardiovascular Medicine
Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Language en
Subject categories Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy


Background: The widespread use of web-based resources has dramatically increased access to scientifically based information of use to both health professionals and the general public. Scientific results are, however, often difficult for people outside the scientific community to understand. Moreover, access to large amounts of information of various kinds often places insurmountable demands on the readers to understand, assess and select what is relevant and trustworthy. The Swedish research institute, Va° rdal Institute took the initiative to set up a virtual room with the theme of cardiovascular care in Sweden, as part of a larger project encompassing nine virtual rooms with diverse health care themes. Methods: The aim of the project is to give an overview of the virtual thematic room and issues related to the dissemination of knowledge to patients, relatives, students, administrators and staff involved in cardiovascular care. Researchers and specialists within the heart field were invited to publish themselves on the website, more specifically in the space designated Thematic Room Heart. Results: Popular science articles are published in close cooperation between an editing committee and researchers, written by experts for the general public. The virtual room presents reviews of recent research organized into the following themes: Coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, valve failure, heart failure, health economics in heart disease, nutrition, physical activity and exercise, nutrition, geriatric and gender perspectives, outpatient clinics run by nurses e hypertension, heart failure, coronary artery prevention and pacemaker. Sixteen of these are currently available for download and there are more being published all the time. In addition to these articles, the room contains news bulletin, information from patient organization and reference lists for text books, dissertations, guidelines, legal issues and fiction. Fields of knowledge about prevention and from acute care to everyday life situations are presented. Health care teams, patients, their families and the public can easily access and use this information on this website. A syllabus and texts connected with each theme may be downloaded for use in local study circles. The idea is to stimulate the participants’ interest in learning in different contexts. The “current profile” and “good example” presentations are constantly updated. As this particular website is part of a larger virtual project, links and references to related issues such as “Living with chronic pain” and “Nutrition and eating” can easily be created. Conclusion: The virtual thematic room is a flexible, web-based anthology of interest and relevance to a wide range of readers interested in cardiovascular care. Professionals use the website material regularly for classes and informing patients. The general population uses it as well on a daily basis. It is hoped that an additional interactive forum to determine how the information is understood and used would provide important feedback on how the virtual Thematic Room Heart may be further improved.

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