Pain Concern has been certified as a provider of high quality healthcare information by The Information Standard scheme.
Pain Concern met the scheme criteria of producing safe and reliable healthcare information. We have consequently been awarded the Information Standard quality mark, which we can display on our literature and website illustrating to the public that our information can be trusted.
The Information Standard is an independent certification scheme for health and care information supported by the Department of Health. The quality mark is a quick and easy way for the public to identify reliable and trustworthy sources of information. The scheme’s certified members are a mix of national charities, NHS organisations, voluntary, statutory and commercial organisations.
The need for the public to be able to find trustworthy healthcare information was highlighted in a survey, carried out by the Information Standard, which found that eight in 10* (78 per cent) people think that if you are not a healthcare professional, it is easy to be misled by healthcare information. In addition, almost half (49 per cent) of the 2000 respondents admitted that in the past they had believed a piece of healthcare information to be true only to find out later it was inaccurate.
Angela Coulter PhD, Hon FFPH, Hon FRCGP, an independent healthcare analyst who advises on the scheme, commented: ‘Organisations that become certified members of the scheme, and therefore display The Information Standard quality mark on their health information or care materials, have proven they adhere to the very highest standards of information production. The public can feel confident that if they see The Information Standard quality mark on health and care websites or leaflets then the information can be trusted and relied upon.’
Tom Green, Editor at Pain Concern, said of our certification: ‘Providing reliable information on pain is at the centre of our mission to help and support people living with pain. We work closely with leading pain experts in producing our information and the Information Standard testifies to these high standards of evidence and expertise.’
Any organisation that produces health and care information can apply to become a certified member of the scheme. For more details about The Information Standard please visit – www.theinformationstandard.org.
*The survey of 2000 people across England was conducted by The Information Standard in March 2012.