healthtalk.org provides free, reliable information about health issues, by sharing people's real-life experiences. You can watch people sharing their stories about cancer, autism, motor-neurone disease, pregnancy, drugs, depression and much more.
If you, or someone you care about, is affected by any of the 100 subjects we cover, you can find out what happened to 40 other people in the same situation. You will find good advice and reassurance on topics such as:
- Making decisions about health and treatment
- Talking to friends and family
- Practical issues like money and travel
- Emotional wellbeing
- Impact on work or education
This website has been awarded The Information standard.
healthtalk.org comes from a unique partnership between a charity called DIPEx and The Health Experiences Research Group or ‘HERG’ at The University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Healthcare Sciences. The website is managed by the charity and the research that appears on the site is produced by the HERG team.
healthtalk.org was created in 2001 by Oxford GP Dr Ann McPherson CBE and Dr Andrew Herxheimer after their own experiences of illness. Ann had been diagnosed with breast cancer and although she knew about the medical side, couldn't find anyone to talk to about what it was really like to have the disease. This, and Andrew's experience of knee replacement surgery, prompted them to come up with the innovative idea of a patient experience website.
A small group of people from various backgrounds formed a steering group and, after many meetings around Ann's kitchen table, the idea developed into the website that later became healthtalk.org (formerly Healthtalkonline and Youthhealthtalk).
Can you help us? We support more than 5 million people per year with a staff of just two, so a small donation to us will go far.
Support, encouragement, empathy best comes from someone in the same situation as you and that’s why healthtalk.org is so important, you can listen to people in the same position as you, you can listen to their experiences and see what they had to say about it.
Alison, mother of Robert who has Cystic Fibrosis