RESEARCH - MEASURING THE IMPACT
RX Radio is committed to research that measures the impact of the station on children and youth, their caregivers and the hospital community.
- The first research report was done by The Institute for Child and Adolescent Health Research at Stellenbosch University
- The report provides support for the RX Radio model of media health intervention as a tool that positively contributes to young patients’ lives.
- The report says:
- For child & youth reporters - participation in RX Radio builds self-esteem, confidence, communication and social skills. These skills transfer to other areas of life, for example school performance and career training.
- For child & youth listeners - audience research found that RX Radio programmes improve moods, provides entertainment, calms fears about illness and hospital, and introduces positive role models.
- For health workers – after engaging with RX Radio programmes, many health workers have report increased awareness and understanding of young patients’ needs in the treatment of chronic illness.
- RX Radio is becoming a tool to improve intergenerational dialogue between young patients, families and caregivers, and health workers.
RX Radio has partnered with the UCT Department of Psychology from which a Master’s student will be conducting further studies during 2019.