HEAR (Health Evidence Awareness Report) are published by a collaborative group of healthcare librarians working mainly in the HSE and other healthcare organisations in Ireland.
For healthcare professionals, there are links to relevant guidelines, research and reviews. For patients and the public, there is information on quick reads, useful websites and support services. We have created a suite of bulletins based on a comprehensive list of health care topics which you will see listed below.
The Department of Health, UK published a “Basic Guidelines for People who Commission Easy Read Information”. These guidelines introduce a minimum standard for writing easy read material. Full-text to the guidelines are available HERE
These guiding principles are as follows:
1. Ensure that people with learning disabilities are involved from the start.
2. Provide information through a range of channels and formats.
3. Ensure that your information meets users’ needs.
4. Clearly signpost to other services.
5. Always define responsibility for information provision.
The Irish Kidney Association (IKA) have six patient information books which you can get free from the IKA Head Office and Support Centre. You can also download them from www.ika.ie
BOOK 1 – Kidney Disease; BOOK 2 – Haemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis; BOOK 3 – Kidney Transplantation; BOOK 4 – Thinking About Donating a Kidney?; BOOK 5 – Living with Chronic Kidney Disease; and BOOK 6 – Emotional Wellbeing.
On Signing Terms, is a mobile App developed to assist and support health care practitioners caring for Deaf patients and patients with significant hearing loss (SHL), particularly in palliative care settings. This new resource is the latest addition to the Communicate Your Health mobile healthcare app series. Information on the previously published apps, Understand Me—a guide to assist health care professionals in caring for patients from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural groups in Ireland and Speak to Me—a resource for interpreters working in healthcare settings in Ireland, particularly in palliative care settings, will also be provided.
Funding received from the HSE Social Inclusion Fund and the Irish Hospice Foundation