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Young people thinking of visiting the GP can now benefit from advice and tips through a new online resource developed by Oxford University’s Health Experience Research Group.

The team interviewed 34 people about their experiences of going to a GP and the care they were given. Young people talk about seeing the GP about minor issues, long-term conditions, mental health and sexual health.

Available on Healthtalk.org, an award-winning website where thousands of people share their experiences of health issues on film, the resource includes information on 36 of the most important topics to young people.

The project was funded by the National Institute for Health Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.

The interviews were used to produce:

  • a short online guide at www.seeingthegp.co.uk with support on making an appointment, confidentiality, and what an appointment might be like.
  • a trigger film about young people’s views on online medical records
  • a trigger film for GPs called ‘improving access to the GP using technology.

The project was carried out by Dr Suman Prinjha, Keira Pratt-Boyden and Associate Professor Louise Locock. 

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