The Information Standard has been established to help patients and the public in England make informed choices about their lifestyle, treatment and care, by providing a recognised and trusted quality mark that will indicate reliable sources of health and social care information.
Research has shown that the quality of health and social care information on offer varies widely; that the quality of many patient information materials is poor and not reliable; and that people can feel overwhelmed by the array of information on offer.
The Information Standard has been introduced to help patients identify accurate, impartial, well-evidenced and up-to-date information about conditions and treatment/care options – including effectiveness and side-effects.
The aims of The Information Standard are:
- to provide an effective way for people to make judgements about information
- to support decisions regarding their lifestyle and care
- to support information producers in raising the general standard and reliability of information they provide to the public.
The South West Thames Kidney Fund shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information they publish and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility whatsoever for costs losses or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of the South West Thames Kidney Fund.