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Using information to fight the flab. Marshall

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Using information to fight the flab. Marshall

  1. 1. Information to fight the flab: findings from the Net.Weight Study NHS Research Ethics Committee: 07/Q1907/54 Audrey Marshall
  2. 2. Net.Weight team members LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  3. 3. The Net.Weight study • Investigating the potential for increased, innovative and effective uses of ICTs in the self-management of weight • Local focus – city of Brighton & Hove • What information and support do people know about, find accessible and useful for weight management? • How does this fit with the resources that are provided by the local health organisations? • What role do information and ICTS currently have • What further applications can be identified in this context? LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  4. 4. Intersection of health policy agendas Self-care Information Involvement LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  5. 5. Intersection of different literacies Information HealthDigital LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  6. 6. Net.Weight study: 2007 • Complex study • Several research strands • Diagram of the inter-relating strands • Concentrate today on the user mapping • Focus Groups • Survey by questionnaire • User Survey Report LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  7. 7. Survey aim The aim of the survey was to produce a detailed picture of people’s current health status, their information landscapes and their existing networks of support – in the context of weight management. LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  8. 8. Survey – research questions 1. What are the existing assets (knowledge and skills) held by people seeking to manage their weight? 2. What are the information, advice and support needs of people seeking to manage their weight? 3. What are the key sources of information and support currently accessed? 4. In what contexts are ICTs used in accessing such sources? 5. What learning and skills needs are identified by those seeking to use ICTs to support them in weight management? 6. How far are engagement in weight self-management and use of ICTs differentiated by socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity and age? LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  9. 9. Questionnaire – sections Five sections: • Your health • Managing your weight • Information and support for weight management • Use of computers and the internet • Demographics LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  10. 10. Target Group • Over the healthy weight for their height • Taking steps to lose weight • A resident of Brighton & Hove • Aged 16 or over LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  11. 11. Questionnaire - iterations • Comments from Advisory Group • Systematic search for pre-validated instruments or questions • Focus groups to test questions • Pre-pilot tests with ‘critical friends’ • Drafts and redrafts circulated for comments • Pilot LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  12. 12. Survey distribution LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  13. 13. Survey distribution • NHS – GP practices – Clinics • Libraries • Community venues • Commercial outlets – Pharmacies – Rosemary Conley fitness classes – Employers via Occupational Health staff LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  14. 14. Survey Promotion LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  15. 15. Online version We are supporting the Net.Weight Project at the University of Brighton. Please click here to fill in the online survey about how you manage your weight. http://www.snapsurveys.com/netweight LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  16. 16. Usefulness of Information Sources 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Other Pharmacist Newspapers Advertisements Leaflets Dietician Health books The Internet TV Magazines Doctor Practice nurse Leisure centre /… Friends / family Food packaging Slimming group Always useful Sometimes useful Never useful Never tried LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  17. 17. Actively looking for information about weight issues (%) 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 Very likely Likely Unlikely Very unlikely Don't know LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  18. 18. Use of the internet to support weight management 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Other Communicating with GP or other health professional Communicating with others trying to manage their weight Looking for information about support groups Communicating with others who support you Buying goods or services Looking for information about medication Looking for information about diets Looking for information about exercise Often Sometimes Never LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  19. 19. Information skills 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% I am able to put my questions into words I know where to look for information I know who I can ask for help to find information I can judge good information from bad Very confident Fairly confident Not very confident Not at all confident Don't know LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  20. 20. Skills in using the internet for weight management 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% F. I feel confident that I will find relevant local information on the Internet E. I feel confident in using information from the Internet to make weight management decisions D. I can tell high quality weight management resources from low quality weight management resources on the Internet C. I have the skills I need to evaluate the weight management resources I find on the Internet B. I know how to use the weight management information I find on the Internet to help me A. I know how to use the Internet to answer my questions about managing my weight Strongly agree Agree No opinion Disagree Strongly disagree LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  21. 21. Implications of the findings • Literacy instruments - adaptability • Policy implications – health information • Contribution to the theory around the three literacies • The confidence issue • The role of ICTs in weight management LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project
  22. 22. What next? • Analysis ongoing • Report to DH in July • Local policy and practice • More presentations and papers… http://research.cmis.brighton.ac.uk/netweight LILAC: 31st March 2009 Net.Weight Project

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