Using healthtalk.org in education

Teachers and lecturers all over the world use healthtalk.org to teach

Healthtalk.org is a treasure trove of free teaching resources with 30,000+ videos of people sharing their experiences of health and illness.
Since launching 2001, healthtalk.org patient videos have been used all over the world to teach medicine and many other subjects, including:
  • Nursing
  • Allied health professions
  • Humanities (psychology, sociology, anthropology)
  • Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education
  • English as a foreign language
  • Creative writing

Why use healthtalk.org resources in teaching?

Reliable content

All of the content is based on academic qualitative research, from non-commercial funding sources such as the National Institute for Health Research.

Learning improves with healthtalk.org videos

Research by Snow et al (2016)* showed that learners’ knowledge retention, confidence and exam results were much improved when healthtalk.org patient experience videos were included in their learning.

Hundreds of topics are covered

We have tens of thousands of video and audio clips of people sharing their experiences of more than 100 health conditions and social issues. Browse our range of videos or use the search.

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*Rosamund Snow, Joanna Crocker, Katherine Talbot, Jane Moore & Helen Salisbury (2016) Does hearing the patient perspective improve consultation skills in examinations? An exploratory randomized controlled trial in medical undergraduate education, Medical Teacher, 38:12, 1229-1235, DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2016.1210109
"The exciting thing about healthtalk.org is that it will introduce you to lots of people who have all sorts of conditions and who respond to them in all sorts of ways. It’s very vivid, it’s very human and it can give the most amazing enlargement of experience. One couldn’t do in real life nearly as much as the videos provide and they’re wonderful teaching tools."
Oliver Sacks, neurologist and best-selling author


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