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The Plain Language Search Project

mindyourmind, University of Western Ontario and Ontario Trillium Foundation take on the Plain Language search problem

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on 26 January 2012

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Transcript of The Plain Language Search Project

Overview... it's a big idea!
Stay Tuned For More...
The Plain Language Project
Oh Canada
Around the world ...
So what?!
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80% of all emotional and mental issues emerge in adolescence.
(cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr
Over the next three years, mindyourmind and The University of Western Ontario will be developing a new online mental health tool for youth that will address limitations of traditional online Search results. The Plain Language Search Tool will allow mindyourmind users to connect lay language to clinical terms, interactive coping tools, mental health resources and information. This project is funded by The Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Dr. Jacquie Burkell and Dr. Diane Neal of the University of Western Ontario will collect and analyze the data that will eventually lead to the creation of the new resource.
"We are very fortunate to be working with mindyourmind as a community partner,” says Dr. Neal.

“mindyourmind is visionary in its approach to developing mental-health online information resources through successful youth-informed practices. The Plain Language Search Tool that we will develop together will take a relevant approach to connecting terms that youth use with the clinical terms they might need to help them better understand their feelings and thoughts."
The future of search
and the internet is semantic (Web 3.0). A semantic search engine understands the context of the word/terms being searched.
Studies suggest that people comprehend information better when it is presented in visual form compared to text-based form.
The mismatch between consumer terminologies (folksonomy) and clinical terminologies is a major barrier in doctor-patient communication.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-24.
National statistics indicate that only 25% of youth with self-reported mental health
concerns access formal or informal mental health supports.
It is estimated that 1.2 million or 15 % of Canadian young people suffer from a
range of diagnosed mental illnesses.
Mock Ups
Build a consumer health vocabulary based on youth focus-group outcomes and clinical recommendations from a Professional Advisory Panel.
Apply a user-centred design approach to the development of the resource.
thank you
For more information, contact Maria Luisa Contursi
at mlc@mindyourmind.ca.
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