My name is Johanna Pope and I’m a doctoral student at the University of Galway. We are working on a study about health information-seeking in Ireland, and are keen to speak to professionals whose roles involve communicating health information to members of the public. In particular, we are interested in understanding how these professionals find reliable health information, how they recognise “misinformation” when they encounter it, and what kinds of supports they see as most effective for promoting public use of health information. We are conducting interviews and focus groups with these groups, and would hugely appreciate it if we could share an invitation to participate with members of your association. Participation is, of course, fully voluntary, and the confidentiality of participants will be protected throughout the study.
I am enclosing a copy of the approval we received from the University of Galway Research Ethics Committee. Also attached is a written participant information sheet, which provides more details about our project.