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Infographics: Healthcare Communication for the Digital Age

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ABSTRACT

Infographics are an innovative and engaging method of visually communicating information in a colourful and concise manner. There has been substantial interest in their use within the commercial and health sectors.

Healthcare professionals already use infographics to communicate medical information to their patients. A firm grasp of health information enhances patients’ decision making capabilities and may improve the practitioner-patient relationship. Infographics can also be used at the population level for public health messages.

Because healthcare practitioners are likely to be consulted during their creation and use, this article aims to walk the reader through a number of different infographics in order to outline how they may be used to communicate healthcare information.

No MeSH data available.


Stowage of the British slave ship Brookes under the regulated slave trade. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LCUSZ62-341602
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Figure 0001: Stowage of the British slave ship Brookes under the regulated slave trade. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LCUSZ62-341602

Mentions: The concept of presenting information in graphical format is not new. A number of early examples of data visualisation exist from the eighteenth century; most notably the depiction of the deck layout of the British slave ship Brookes in 17882. This information poster (see figure 1) depicted views of the reprehensible living conditions suffered by slaves during their voyage to the colonies and was reproduced countless times by the abolitionist movement in Georgian Britain. The combination of text, images, and narrative arguably make this an early predecessor of the modern charticle, which is a type of infographic discussed later in this article.


Infographics: Healthcare Communication for the Digital Age
Stowage of the British slave ship Brookes under the regulated slave trade. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LCUSZ62-341602
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Figure 0001: Stowage of the British slave ship Brookes under the regulated slave trade. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, LCUSZ62-341602
Mentions: The concept of presenting information in graphical format is not new. A number of early examples of data visualisation exist from the eighteenth century; most notably the depiction of the deck layout of the British slave ship Brookes in 17882. This information poster (see figure 1) depicted views of the reprehensible living conditions suffered by slaves during their voyage to the colonies and was reproduced countless times by the abolitionist movement in Georgian Britain. The combination of text, images, and narrative arguably make this an early predecessor of the modern charticle, which is a type of infographic discussed later in this article.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Infographics are an innovative and engaging method of visually communicating information in a colourful and concise manner. There has been substantial interest in their use within the commercial and health sectors.

Healthcare professionals already use infographics to communicate medical information to their patients. A firm grasp of health information enhances patients’ decision making capabilities and may improve the practitioner-patient relationship. Infographics can also be used at the population level for public health messages.

Because healthcare practitioners are likely to be consulted during their creation and use, this article aims to walk the reader through a number of different infographics in order to outline how they may be used to communicate healthcare information.

No MeSH data available.