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Idea Videos for patient engagement and education

By GHDonline Team | 09 Dec, 2014

Idea submitted by: Barbara Saul

We, at Wayne State University School of Medicine, are working in Haiti to improve patient health engagement and health literacy. Since less than 40% of the population is literate, we want to create patient-oriented health videos in Creole that could be seen on smartphone, tablet, laptop, or TV.

Community health workers could use these videos to improve health and health literacy of the communities. Clinics throughout the rural and urban areas could use these videos to educate patients improve patient engagement in health and healthcare.

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Sudip Bhandari Replied at 5:26 PM, 12 Dec 2014

I agree with you Barbara in that videos can be very effective in improving health literacy among populations that might not have skills to read or write. In fact, we know that literacy alone does not guarantee that someone can read and understand health information. So, videos can be effective for even literate populations. One of the challenges with videos however, like with most interventions, is the metrics for measuring its efficacy. You probably want to create a video that sticks with the patients and encourages them to change their behaviors on a long term. Have you considered how you're going to ensure that this mode of teaching patients is working? I am eager to hear more about this aspect of the project. Are you considering working with a cohort of population and looking at their health outcomes long term? I think these questions could be valuable in amending the program in the future, if needed.

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