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Idea E-learning technologies for patient education and behavior change

By GHDonline Team | 04 Dec, 2014

Idea submitted by: Genevieve Gaudet

There is a significant opportunity to improve patient understanding of health inputs, outcomes and medical results through communications design and technology.

For many patients, especially those with chronic lifestyle-related conditions, the factors contributing to their health outcomes are manifold. This challenge is compounded by opaque medical documentation and communications.

E-learning technologies exist which adjust to user level of understanding and introduce gradually more sophisticated concepts over time. A collaboration between medical personnel and creative technologists to develop a platform for patients to understand their conditions and access granular behavioral information over time could greatly improve health outcomes for a large set of the population.

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A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Advisor Replied at 8:50 PM, 4 Dec 2014

Dear Genevieve, this is a very important topic you have raised for discussion. I would like to direct you and others to an extended dissertation on this topic from the AHRQ in 2010. The reference is below but I have also attached the full document. Terry

Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 540 Gaither Road Rockville, MD 20850 http://www.ahrq.gov AHRQ Publication No. 10-0046-EF April 2010

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Maxim Topaz Advisor Replied at 3:01 PM, 8 Dec 2014

Dear Genevieve- what an excellent topic! Indeed, e-learning can play an important role in all related to management of health conditions and self-care. I would encourage you to think of some of the current barriers to an effective e-learning. For me, one of the major barriers is the lack of patient and provider engagement with the technology. We recently published an article on some of the core features of such e-learning technologies (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3759576/ )- see if you have any comments or questions.
Thanks for the reference Terry!

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Anne-Marie Audet Replied at 2:56 PM, 10 Dec 2014

Dear Genevieve= great idea, which also aligns with the challenge of addressing health literacy very early on with education of our young ones.

How would you bring people to the e-modules, what will drive demand? We know knowledge is essential and not sufficient, have you thought of bringing principles of behavioral science, behavioral economics into how you think abut e-modules - content is one thing, delivery is another.

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