Benefits for you and your family

When the need arises for you to understand a change in you or your family's health or care circumstances it is important that you have confidence in the information you're researching.  

The Information Standard helps you to quickly identify reliable sources of quality evidence-based health and care information through an easily recognisable quality mark:

It helps enable you to:

  • Have confidence in the health or care information you read and feel empowered to make the right choices
  • Gain a greater understanding of the healthcare choices available to you
  • Make informed decisions about your health and care that are right for you and your family
  • Have greater control over your care pathway
  • Reduce health risks that may be caused by misinformation.

By having confidence in the information available you can be much better placed to influence those that deliver your health and care needs and ensure you receive better treatment and care.

Last updated: 27/11/2013

Oxfordshire County Council Adult Social Care

This case study shows how a county council’s Adult Social Care department improved
their focus on service users and the quality of their public information through taking
part in the scheme.

Epilepsy Action

This case study shows how an organisation that already had good processes in place has benefited by being able to prove the quality of what they do.

Macmillan Cancer Support

This case study shows how an organisation with an established reputation for the quality of information, benefited by reviewing existing materials and systems and tightening up procedures.


This case study shows how an organisation gained from taking part in the scheme by improving user input and the quality of everything they produce.

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

This case study shows how an NHS Foundation Trust has gained from taking part in the
scheme – tightening up its use of evidence in patient information and establishing a higher profile for it within the Trust.