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About healthtalk.org

On healthtalk.org you can find out about what it’s like to live with a health condition, by watching other people share their stories.

Our health affects every aspect of our lives. This website helps to prepare you for what’s ahead, beyond the symptoms and treatments.

Healthtalk.org contains hundreds of real people’s stories. These stories are collected by academic researchers who interview people in their own homes, using their own words.  
healthtalk.org is run by the Dipex Charity. We help millions of people each year to feel better prepared and informed and less alone in what they are going through. If we have helped you, or if you value what we do, please chip in to support this website.

 

History 

The idea for the website came from Dr Ann McPherson and Dr. Andrew Herxheimer. Ann had breast cancer and Andrew was having a knee replacement. Both were doctors but wanted to know more than the medical facts of their conditions. They wanted to find out how their daily lives would be affected by listening to the stories of other people who had experienced the same thing.

The Dipex Charity was founded in 2001 to run the website in partnership with the Health Experiences Research Group at the University of Oxford. Healthtalk.org now has sister sites in more than 10 countries around the world, operating under the umbrella of DIPEx International.