Everyone, at one time or another, is a medical patient.
During our lives we all make important decisions about our healthcare, whether treating sickness or maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Listen to me, I’m a Patient is a new online survey from The Open University to collect and test the opinions of the British public on their attitudes and choices on healthcare.
The aim of the survey is to uncover the choices people make about their healthcare whether conventional, complementary or alternative.
The contributions will help Open University researchers to understand more about people’s knowledge of healthcare and the choices they make regarding it.
The results of the survey will be published in the Autumn of 2008 and will also be available exclusively at open2.net
There will also be a series of discussion events throughout the UK during May to debate the issues raised in the survey and the series.
The first event will be held at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre on Thursday May 8 with further events to follow.
The survey coincides with a new Open University series, Alternative Therapies, in which Professor Kathy Sykes will explore different types of healthcare, balancing her knowledge as a scientist with her experiences as a patient.
The programme examines a different alternative therapy each week - Hypnotherapy, Reflexology and Meditation and begins at 9pm on BBC TWO from Monday March 17
The Open University has also produced a free booklet to accompany the series which can be obtained by calling 0870 900 0311 or by visiting www.open2.net
The Wellcome Trust is the largest charity in the UK. It funds innovative biomedical research, in the UK and internationally, spending around £650 million each year to support the brightest scientists with the best ideas. The Wellcome Trust supports public debate about biomedical research and its impact on health and wellbeing.
Alternative Therapies is an Open University production for BBC TWO.
The Executive Producer for the BBC is Matthew Barrett. Series Producer for the BBC is Emma Walker. Executive Producer for The Open University is Emma De’Ath . The Open University Academic Advisers are Dr Tom Heller and Dr Hilary MacQueen.
The Open University and BBC have been in partnership for more than 30 years, providing educational programming to a mass audience. In recent times this partnership has evolved from late night programming for delivering courses to peak time programmes with a broad appeal to encourage wider participation in learning.
All information is correct at time of issue.
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