News & Blog

Jo Walsh,, 9th April 2019

Have you taken part in a cohort study?

A cohort study is a type of research where a group of people - who experiences a common event such as being born in the same year or living in the same city or region - are studied at several points over a period of time. The researchers are usually interested in something the group of people... read more

Dipex Charity staff and trustees, 13th March 2019

Fred Hucker

Staff and trustees of the Dipex Charity were sorry to hear of the death of our Vice President, Fred Hucker on 28 February following a short illness. Fred served the charity since its incorporation in 2002, first as a Trustee later taking on the role of Chair from 2013-2016. He was a dedicated and... read more

Dipex Charity staff and trustees, 14th December 2018

Dr Jane Kirk 1967 - 2018

Trustees and staff of The Dipex Charity are saddened to hear of the death of Dr. Jane Kirk (October 1967 - November 2018), almost 3 years after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Jane was a trustee of the charity from 2011 until the beginning of this year, when she resigned her post to focus on her... read more

Jo,, 14th June 2018

The term 'miscarriage' doesn't do justice to what we went through

A new resource on for parents who lost a baby at 20-24 weeks of pregnancy will launch tomorrow. 
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2nd May 2018

Alison Chapple (1946-2018)

We at are saddened to announce the death of Dr Alison Chapple last Friday afternoon. Alison was a researcher working with our partners The Health Experiences Research Group at The University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care until her retirement in 2016.... read more

Dr Abi McNiven, Health Experiences Research Group, Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, University of Oxford, 7th March 2018

​A new study about the experiences of nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in research roles is a well-established information resource about patient experiences of illnesses. But did you know it also has sections on what it is like to participate in medical/health research? There are several sections on the perspectives of... read more

Jo Kidd, 6th July 2017

Women's experiences of domestic violence

Today sees the launch of a new section on that is quite different from our usual focus on health conditions; thirty nine women have shared their experiences of domestic... read more

Jo Kidd, 15th June 2017 helping reduce noise in intensive care video clips have played a key role in work to reduce noise in intensive care units, that was featured today on ITV news.
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Jo Kidd, 3rd April 2017

100th health condition covered!

Today the charity celebrated the 100th health condition to be covered on the website. We were taken over the line by the addition of 4 new sections on young people and skin conditions – acne, eczema, alopecia and psoriasis.
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Jo Kidd,, 30th August 2016 videos help medical students learn about colposcopy procedure

Medical students learn better when taught using patient videos according to research published by Rosamund Snow and others today in the journal 'Medical Teacher.' 
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24th May 2016

MP Norman Lamb becomes patron is delighted to announce that MP Norman Lamb has agreed to become its patron.
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Jo Kidd,, 6th May 2016

Well done to our first marathon runner!

Our first ever London Marathon runner Gavin (pictured after running the British 10K for us last year) finished the race in 4 hours 17 minutes and managed to fundraise more than £4,000 with gift aid for the charity. It's not too late to read more

Jo Kidd,, 15th April 2016

Join us at the Health Narratives Conference in Tenerife this November

Join our DIPEx International colleagues from around the world at the International Conference on Narratives of Health & Illness, November 11-12th 2016 in Tenerife.
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21st February 2016

Andrew Herxheimer, 1925-2016

We are saddened to share news of the death of Dr. Andrew Herxheimer, our co-founder and trustee who passed away on Sunday evening.
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Jo Kidd,, 3rd December 2015

Self-harm guide for parents offers hope

Parents of young people who self harm can now get advice and information from a new free booklet produced by researchers at the University of Oxford's Centre for Suicide Research.
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Jo Kidd,, 17th November 2015 co-founder turns 90

Last week saw the 90th birthday of our co-founder, Andrew Herxheimer. Andrew is a clinical pharmacologist by training. In the late 90's, together with Ann McPherson, he had the idea of collecting and sharing people's experiences of illness. Researcher Susan Kirkpatrick interviewed Andrew to mark... read more

Jo Kidd,, 16th November 2015

Raise money for us for free, every time you shop online

You can now raise money for for free when you shop online. Sign up to support through Give As You Live and we will get a small percentage back each time you spend with a GAYL partner, at no extra cost to you.
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Luis Carrasqueiro., Chief Executive, 16th September 2015

Half of Brits searching for health information online – but how does it help?

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics last month suggest that almost half of the UK population now use the internet to search for health information, a figure that has more than doubled in the past 7 years, but what impact does this information have on people's wellbeing?
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Jo Kidd,, 7th September 2015

BMA Patient Information Ethical Award for's resource for families of people who are in a minimally conscious or permanently vegetative state (or 'coma') has been awarded first prize in the category of 'Information on Ethical Issues' at the British Medical Association (BMA) Patient Information Awards. 
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Jo Kidd,, 2nd September 2015

Farewell Dr. Oliver Sacks

The team at were saddened to hear of the death of Dr. Oliver Sacks on Sunday 30th August. He had been diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier in the year.
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Jo Kidd,, 28th August 2015

University of Nottingham becomes a friend of

Clinical Skills, Graduate Entry Medicine at the University of Nottingham are the latest team to sign up to support the work of the charity behind and receive a licence to use our video clips in teaching.
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Jo Kidd,, 28th July 2015

Pharmacy students learn patient-centred practice with

Pharmacy students at Griffith University in Queensland Australia have been using our scrapbooks tool to build their awareness of patient experiences. Scrapbooks are a freely available tool on that allow visitors to the website to create their own collections of our video,... read more

Jo Kidd,, 7th July 2015 shortlisted for Charity Times 'best use of web' award

We have been shortlisted by the Charity Times awards for the category 'Best use of web' for the redesign of! Since launching the new improved website early last year, the charity has reached 5 times as many people as we were reaching in 2013 and given those visitors a far more user... read more

Jo Kidd,, 1st June 2015

Resource for 'coma' families wins innovation award's resource for families of coma patients has won Cardiff University's Innovation Policy Award at the University's Annual Innovation and Impact Awards.
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Jo Kidd,, 28th May 2015 researcher reaches half a million young people

Yesterday we said goodbye to our friend and colleague, Ulla Raisanen, who has left the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) after 8 years, having reached more than 500,000 young people through her work. HERG are responsible for the research on and Ulla is the researcher behind... read more

17th November 2014 won the Charity of the Year Award at the Good Web Guide Awards 2014 won the Charity of the Year Award at The Good Web Guide Awards 2014 which are an annual celebration of online excellence. had been shortlisted with the RSPCA in the Charity category. The announcement came at the awards ceremony last night, hosted at the Royal... read more

Jo Kidd,, 3rd November 2014

Vote for us

I 'm excited to announce that has been shortlisted for the Good Web Guide's Website of the Year awards.
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Luís Carrasqueiro, Chief Executive,, 30th July 2014

5 reasons to donate to this Summer

As we welcome the news that our friends at New World have kindly agreed to match all regular donations we receive before the end of September, our Chief Executive, Luís Carrasqueiro, lists 5 reasons why you should support our website.
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Healthtalkonline team, 3rd July 2014

Day 106 of #107days

Exactly one year ago today, our colleague Sara Ryan was interviewed on camera about her son Connor to help another colleague practise her interviewing skills for a Healthtalkonline project. The next day (a year ago tomorrow) Connor passed away unexpectedly and what had been purely a practice... read more

Jo Kidd,, 23rd June 2014

Asthma experiences: a preview

We're pleased to be able to share with you a preview of our upcoming Asthma project that will be published on the website at the end of 2014. Asthma affects 1 in every 12 adults in the UK and this project shares in the stories of people diagnosed both in childhood and as adults. 
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Jo Kidd,, 18th June 2014

Award-winning Art Exhibit features audio from Healthtalkonline

Audio from Healthtalkonline’s HIV section features in a competition-winning art piece exhibiting at Imperial College, London this week.  ... read more

Jo Kidd,, 15th May 2014

Coming a bus stop near you

We’re excited to announce that our first ever adverts will be appearing on bus stops across the UK in the coming weeks.
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Jo Kidd,, 1st May 2014

Young people worry more about the impact of their weight on social lives than health’s research has been singled out for praise in a review of research into young people’s views on obesity.
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Jo Kidd,, 23rd April 2014

Stephen's story

Last year, our researchers interviewed Stephen for our upcoming project on experiences of patient and public involvement in research. During the interview Stephen spoke about his aim of raising £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, who’ve supported him. Today Stephen’s fundraising effort surpassed £1... read more

Sarah Ezekial, 3rd April 2014

Where are you now, Sarah?

In 2007, Sarah Ezekial was interviewed for Healthtalkonline’s section on Motor Neurone Disease. Today she tells us what she’s been up to since then.
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12th March 2014

Where are you now, Sophie?

Sophie lives with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and has shared her experiences with us for two of the young people’s sections on since 2007. Here she tells us about how life has been since then.
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Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford, 17th February 2014

What is 'good' healthcare?

In almost 15 years of interviewing people all over the country about their experiences of health and illness for this website, we’ve heard lots of examples of good healthcare and sadly some examples of not so good healthcare. Much can be learnt about improving healthcare provision from listening... read more

Jo Kidd, Communications Manager, 24th January 2014

Introducing Scrapbooks

Today we’re excited to be launching a new feature that will change the way our site is used and make our content even more valuable. It’s called Scrapbooks. The concept may be familiar to those of you who use Pinterest; basically Scrapbooks allows you to save and share collections of videos or... read more

Jo Kidd, Communications Manager, 7th January 2014

Take up running in 2014 - top tips.

In 2012 we booked our first 6 spaces in the British 10K and, as the only staff member without a valid excuse, I felt obliged to sign up. Not one to exercise regularly and seriously lacking in willpower, I had no idea where to begin. My previous attempt (singular) at long-distance running was at... read more

Jo Kidd, Communications Manager, 27th November 2013

Healthtalkonline 'tackles mental health stigma' says Alastair Campbell

The Antidepressants project is another step towards breaking down the stigma around mental health said Alastair Campbell speaking at the launch event at the Royal Society last night.
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Adam Barnett, Technology Manager, 5th November 2013 A History

For decades the year 2000 promised ‘the future’. There would be flying cars, space travel would be routine, furniture would be egg-shaped. The reality was somewhat different…
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Ruby H, 5th November 2013

Where are you now, Ruby?

Ruby talks about how life has changed for her since being interviewed for our young people, depression and low mood project in 2008. This is the first in our 'Where are you now?' series of blogs by people who have shared their... read more

Jo Kidd, Communications Manager, 24th May 2012

Why you should share your story

Healthtalkonline was started in 2001 by a GP named Dr. Ann McPherson following her own experience of breast cancer. Although Ann had all the... read more

David Lewis, Volunteer, 30th January 2012

Overcoming the challenges of getting around with a rheumatic or musculoskeletal disease

I have lost count of the times someone has said to me ‘I could do with one of those electric wheelchairs’ as they walk seemingly without difficulty.  My response depending on my mood at the time is usually along the lines of ‘you can have my wheelchair, if I can have your legs’.  ... read more

Kerry Kuluski, Health Experiences Research Group Visiting Scholar, 25th January 2012

My 6 months in Oxford

In March 2010, prior to defending my Doctoral thesis, I had my first meeting with Dr. Renée Lyons, the newly appointed Bridgepoint Chair in Complex Chronic Disease at Bridgepoint Health (a hospital based in Toronto, Canada). While sipping extra hot lattes at a downtown coffee shop, she said to me... read more

Kate Neal, Health Experiences Research Group, 16th December 2011

My first patient experience interview

Yesterday I did my first proper patient experience interview with the Health Experiences Research Group. I have conducted a few interviews before, but only ever audio-recorded. Now I had to set up the camera equipment, check the lighting, sound, and the position of the participant. I had... read more

Lisa Hinton, Health Experiences Research Group, 9th December 2011

Reflections on Infertility Research

A train journey on dark winter night is a good time for reflection. Earlier this week I delivered my first Healthtalkonline project to the web team. “Experiences of infertility” will be up on the website in... read more

Jo Kidd, Communications Manager, 6th December 2011

Merry Christmas from ElfTalkOnline!

A Christmas message from all of the team at ElfTalkOnline! We hope you have a wonderful break and a happy new year.
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Jørgen Jeppesen, visiting scholar, 14th November 2011

Nine weeks with the Health Experiences Research Group

Busford would be a more appropriate name for this town, I thought as I walked through the city center in streets cramped with buses colored red, green, or blue as the one I arrived on yesterday evening from the airport. It was Sunday September 4th, columns of tourists still massed in this... read more

Health Experiences Research Group, 4th October 2011

BMA awards our menopause project 'highly commended'

Established in 1997, the British Medical Association Patient Information Awards recognise the production and dissemination of accessible, well-designed and clinically balanced patient information. At this year's awards, the Healthtalkonline Menopause project, led by Dr. Jenny Hislop of... read more

Sue Ziebland, Health Experiences Research Group, 29th June 2011

A tribute to Ann McPherson

I’ve been asked to say a few words about my friend Ann, who for the last 10 years has also been my close colleague in the Health Experiences Research Group. As many of you know the group raises money to do the research which is published on the websites Healthtalkonline and Youthhealthtalk.
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Health Experiences Research Group &, 2nd June 2011

Dr. Ann McPherson CBE (1945-2011)

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our co-founder and Medical Director, Dr. Ann McPherson, on 28th May 2011. Ann was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007.
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Jenny Hislop, Health Experiences Research Group, 23rd May 2011

Therapists in Ireland learn about Healthtalkonline

With hundreds of analyses and thousands of video and audio interview clips on over 60 health conditions, is a wonderful resource for both the general public and for health and social care professionals. One of our key jobs as HERG researchers is to spread the word about the... read more

Health Experiences Research Group, 22nd May 2011

Ann McPherson wins BMJ Health Communicator of the Year Award

Ann McPherson, co-founder of was awarded the Health Communicator of the Year award at The BMJ Group Awards 2011. The ceremony, held at the London Hilton, Park Lane on Wednesday 18th May brought together over 500 of some of the most influential figures in... read more

Health Experiences Research Group, 13th May 2011

Young people share their experiences of drugs and alcohol

A new section about Drugs and Alcohol, researched by Dr Maria Salinas, has been launched on
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Abi Eccles, Health Experiences Research Group, 12th May 2011

Life as a Research Assistant for the Health Experiences Research Group

I became a research assistant for the Health Experiences Research Group (HERG) in early July last year, shortly after graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a degree in Anthropology and Sociology. I remember feeling incredibly excited about the position, with high hopes for the potential... read more

Health Experiences Research Group, 15th April 2011

'Shared-decision-making' : patients' experiences

Today, a new section has been added to about shared decision making between health professionals and patients. This new section is based on an extensive analysis of patient interviews across thirty... read more

Jo Kidd, Communications Manager, 13th April 2011

Healthtalkonline listed in '10 Most Recommended Websites'

Diagnosing Your Health Symptoms For Dummies is a book by Dr Knut Schroeder, a GP based in Bristol. It covers over 100 common, important, potentially serious and often worrying symptoms and emergencies, such as headaches, chest pain, dizziness, fever, bleeding, tiredness or stress.
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Health Experiences Research Group, 12th April 2011

'Experiences of Psychosis' Launch

Tuesday 5th April saw the launch of the experiences of psychosis project at the Royal Society in London. This was the culmination of a year-long project in which 31 people were interviewed about their personal experiences of hearing... read more

Gemma Badrick, Youthhealthtalk volunteer, 15th March 2011

DIPEx 10th Anniversary

Being a member of the youth board for youthhealthtalk, I got the pleasure of being invited to the charity's 10th anniversary party in the museum of London. It was all very exciting, champagne to celebrate, lots of waiters walking around with platters of food, and getting my photo with Hugh Grant... read more

Sue Ziebland, Health Experiences Research Group, 16th September 2010

It all seems very back to schoolish this week...

... end of September deadlines for grant applications (and doctorate submissions ...) are suddenly very close, cycle lights will soon be needed at both ends of the day and the lunchtime soups will start seeming more appealing than the salads.
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