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Patient information awards categories

See all the special categories that are considered in the patient information awards. Note that all entries are considered for the overall BMA Patient Information Resource of the Year Award.

  • Reviewer of the year

    This new award is chosen by the judging panel to acknowledge the work of our many volunteer reviewers who complete a detailed structured appraisal form. This award is made from the reviewers of the shortlisted books and is based on the thoroughness and insightfulness of the review.

  • Special award - children

    This award is for resources which are aimed at children and which are innovative or particularly well-suited for their audience.

  • Special award - decision making

    This award is for resources that facilitate the patient decision-making process. This should be the main intention of the resource and the resource should show clearly how this is to be achieved. We have made this special award in order to recognise the importance of improving patients’ ability to take responsibility for their health.

  • Special award - easy read

    This award is for a resource which uses accessible information or uses adaptive information.

  • Special award - ethics

    This award is for resources which deal with ethical aspects of patient care such as issues surrounding mental capacity, genetic screening, confidentiality etc. It can be either aimed at the individuals themselves or their carers or could be a training resource for professional who work in this area.

  • Special award - innovation

    This new award is for a resource that presents or disseminates information in a new or original way which increases its impact. The winner of this award will score highly in terms of its content, but will also demonstrate an innovative approach to its production or dissemination.

    This might include innovative use of technology (such as web animation or interactive web devices) to maximise engagement, or innovative use of technology (such as PDFs, intranets or podcasts) to maximise the dissemination of the resource. It could also be a conventional printed resource. We have made this special award in order to recognise the importance of the measurement of impact. You will need to demonstrate clearly what you consider to be innovative about your resource and show how you have evaluated its impact.

  • Special award - long-term conditions

    This award is for resources that meet the information needs of patients with long-term conditions. A long-term condition is one that cannot be cured but can be managed through medication and or therapy such as asthma, diabetes, coronary heart disease, some mental health conditions or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (among others).

    We have made this a special award because of the high incidence of chronic conditions and in order to recognise the importance of patient information in its effective management.

  • Special award - screening

    This is for a resource that discusses preventative strategies or an innovative screening.

  • Special award - self-care resources

    This award is for resources that promote healthy living or looking after yourself in a healthy way (such as brushing your teeth or self-treating minor ailments). We have made this a special award in order to recognise the importance of the patients’ role in managing their health.

  • Special award - trusts

    This award is for resources which are produced by Trusts.

  • Special award - user engagement

    This award is for resources in which users played an integral role in the creation of the resource. It considers factors such as the input of users in areas such as scope, design and content, or in guiding the resource’s continuing development and engagement with its users.

    It examines the established channels through which user input is solicited/encouraged, appraised and integrated into the resource and the steps taken to ensure that users of different ages, backgrounds and perspectives provide input.