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Website of experiences with new name hopes to reach more patients

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 14 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2078
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    The award winning website of patients’ experiences, DIPEx, has changed its name and added three more sets of patients’ stories to its database, one related to Parkinson’s disease and two to autism.

    DIPEx, which stood for database of individual patient experiences, is replaced by the new name Healthtalkonline (, which the organisers think states its purpose more clearly. The site covers almost 50 illnesses and general health topics, including cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, bereavement, diabetes, epilepsy, and women’s health. For each topic 30-50 people from different backgrounds and …

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