In my last blog post I wrote about an article on “threats and violence for staff and patient accessible electronic health records”, which was recently published in Cogent Psychology. Earlier this week a press release about the study was published on the Uppsala University media web. Since research on patient accessible electronic health records (PAEHRs) should be of interest to most of us, we thought it would be interesting and important to reach out with our results to the public in this way, and we were of course hoping that someone would pick up the news.
After less than one week, articles based on our press release have been published at the following places (at this point, all the articles we have found are in Swedish):
- Forskning.se published an article, Nätjournaler ökar rädslan för hot och våld, which was a re-organized version of our original press release. Forskning.se is an online resource, where results from publicly funded research are communicated to the public.
- Ciennce.se published an article with the same name, Nätjournaler ökar rädslan för hot och våld. The editor actually emailed me and asked me to write a summary of the study, so this particular popular science article is written by me and Åsa Cajander. Ciennce.se is a venue where scientists get the opportunity to write short, popular science, summaries about their published studies.
- Dagens medicin published an article, Uppsala inför e-journal i psykiatrin, which actually took the results from our study a bit further. They connected our study to the current work with implementation of psychiatry records online in Region Uppsala! They interviewed both Åsa Cajander and the person in charge of the implementation process at Uppsala University Hospital, Åsa Törnkvist. As one of the researchers following this implementation process, I can without hesitation verify that the concerns of healthcare professionals has been taken seriously.
- SVT Nyheter published an article, E-journaler ökar oron för hot och våld inom vården, which again took the results from our study a bit further. Even in this case they interviewed Åsa Cajander and they also interviewed a representative from the Swedish Association of Health Professionals in Uppsala! Once again, they also connected our results to the ongoing implementation of psychiatry records online in Region Uppsala.
I have never before seen this kind of interest in a study I have been working on! Not only did different media sites publish versions of our press release, but they also conducted new interviews and investigations based on the results we published. I think it’s safe to say that this would not have happened if we hadn’t published that initial press release last Tuesday. I think there is an important lesson to be learned here – it’s important to write both popular science and scientific version of our studies, especially when the research concerns as all as is the case with PAEHRs (we are all patients and/or relatives of patients, right?). We will definitely continue to write press releases about our studies and the next one, about the patients’ attitudes towards and experiences with PAEHRs, will be published very soon on the Uppsala University media web!
In summary, we can conclude that, yeah, someone picked up the news! 🙂