People Show Greater Interest To Know Current Local Medical Research

The purpose of the trial, published in, was to assess public interest in health relate research; understand the extent to which people want to be proactively informed about ongoing current medical research studies in the location concerned; also gauge the impact large TV screens mediating such news may have on this interest.

The TV monitors were place in the waiting rooms at two hospital emergency departments in North Queensland, Australia. When the screens were on; brief descriptions of current research studies in the local area were display. The text moved across the monitors, and QR (Quick Response) codes were provide for those wishing to read more. Alternatively, the screens were randomly switched off and no information was given.

Screen mediate news

For the questionnaire survey among patients and those accompanying them; a there were a total of 2,167 adult respondents. They had all been sitting in the waiting room for at least ten minutes. Seven tenths of those ask to answer the questions did so. Of the respondents, 86% state that they were “somewhat” or “very” interest in local ongoing current medical studies. In general, interest rose with advancing age, and the female respondents were more interest than the males.

Moreover, interest was 30% higher in the group accessing the screen mediate news in the waiting room; than in the control group; who were there when the screens happened to bewere turned off. The groups were the same size (about 750 people in each) and adjustments for gender, age, and socioeconomic status were made in the analysis.

Understand medical research

According to Gunnarsson, the fact that people generally say they understand what medical research is about, as long as someone takes the time to tell them about it, is know from previous studies. However, this is the first time a control trial of research news in particular has carry out using TV monitors in hospital waiting rooms. People are interest and keen to know more; also it’s vitally important to stimulate interest in evidence base medicine.

Otherwise, they risk losing funding for medical research in the long run. Other options already exist, in Facebook groups and elsewhere, where academic medicine is see as something undesirable that people want to avoid. If that attitude is further takes root in society in earnest, we’re in danger of getting into a situation where tax revenues might be spent where evidence is lacking; also then there’d be less money for evidence-base medicine. And that’s a crucial issue,” Gunnarsson concludes.