After a very full year of writing reports, giving speeches, and number-checking infographics, I’m left wondering: What’s the most effective way to deliver insights? How can I better serve you?
To paraphrase Dr. Seuss: Do you like the data in a table? In a tweet? In a speech? Do you like the numbers in a box? Do you like them with a fox? (Couldn’t resist.) Would you like them here or there? Would you like them anywhere?
How do you hear about new research? Do you tune in right away, when it’s first published, or later? What format do you find useful — tweets, slides, videos, infographics, fact sheets, reports? How about these blog posts I write and the conversations that ensue? What do you find valuable?
Specifically: The Pew Research Center is considering bundling up all of the health reports and infographics from the past year into an e-book. Does that appeal to you?
I’d love to hear from people who are long-time fans of the research as well as people who just learned it exists. How were you introduced to it? Have you read any of the reports, start to finish? Or do you prefer another format?
For those who want to do a little homework, here is a review of the Pew Research Center’s health & tech product line for 2013:
- Mobile Health: One in three cell phone owners have used their phone to look for health information; half of smartphone owners have done so. 19% of smartphone owners have downloaded a health app.
- Health Online: 59% of U.S. adults say they have looked online for information about a range of health topics in the past year. 35% of U.S. adults say they have gone online specifically to try to figure out what medical condition they or someone else might have.
- Tracking for Health: Seven in ten U.S. adults track a health indicator for themselves or a loved one and many say this activity has changed their overall approach to health. Technology plays a minor role.
- Family Caregivers are Wired for Health: 39% of U.S. adults report that they are caring for a loved one, either an adult or a child with serious health issues. Caregivers are heavy technology users and are much more likely than other adults to take part in a wide range of health-related activities.
- The Diagnosis Difference: 45% of U.S. adults report that they live with one or more chronic conditions. Many remain offline in an online world. However, many take their health decisions seriously—and are seriously social about gathering and sharing information, both online and offline.
Speeches (just a sample)
- University of Maryland, Baltimore: Mobile health in context (related to Mobile Health)
- Hofstra University: E-patients and their hunt for health information (related to Health Online)
- Stanford Medicine X: A conversation about Tracking for Health
- Connected Health: The “e” is for engagement (related to Tracking for Health)
- Health 2.0, Silicon Valley: The Unmentionables of Health (related to Family Caregivers are Wired for Health)
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University: The Who, What, Where, When & Why of Health Care Social Media (related to Health Online and The Diagnosis Difference)
- Health 2.0, Silicon Valley: The New Environment for Better Health Care Decisions (related to Tracking for Health and The Diagnosis Difference)
- The internet and health
- Who are caregivers?
- Sources of health care information: caregivers
- Health care reviews: caregivers
- Pew Internet: Health: a shortcut to the most-cited and up-to-date numbers we have.