5 web sites for providing quality patient education

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Teaching patients is an important aspect of any health care system. Many  patients with chronic diseases will visit their practitioners  just to control their adherence to treatment or to receive information. Health caregivers should instruct and support patients with chronic diseases. It is important to remember that treatment’s success is associated with the quality of education provided by health care workers.

How can web help to keep patients informed, improve compliance and reduce the need for visits at the outpatient clinics and hospitals? Here, we will present 5 web sites which are using information to educate patients and caregivers, for 5 chronic medical conditions:

  1. American Association of Diabetes Educators

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Diabetes is a chronic complex disease and patients’s education is a very important aspect of an effective management. In this web site, diabetes educators learn how to ”guide patients through  treatment and help them with any fears, issues and problems they encounter along the way”  https://www.diabeteseducator.org/practice/provider-resources/importance-of-follow-up

2. Chronic Obsrructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) educational material

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COPD is a chronic diesase of the lungs which affects an estimated 24 million individuals in the U.S., and over half of them have symptoms of COPD and do not know it. Early screening can identify COPD before major loss of lung function occurs. It is of great importance to informe, provide guidance and tips that can help improve the adherence to treatment and the quality of life of patients. Caregivers keep a central role on patients education. http://www.copdfoundation.org/Learn-More/For-Patients-Caregivers/Healthy-Living.aspx

3. Patient Education Center-Coronary Artery Disease- Harvard Medical School

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Coronary artery disease (CAD)  is the narrowing of the heart blood vessels caused by atherosclerosis. CAD is the most common chronic, life-threatening illness in most of the world’s developed nations. In this site, the patients and health care pracritioners can download useful educational material regarding disease manifestations, diet, treatment etc. http://www.patienteducationcenter.org/articles/coronary-artery-disease/

4. AVERT-AVERTing HIV and AIDS education center

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AVERT is a web site dedicated to provide information on HIV/AIDS to young people. In 2012, more than one third of all new HIV infections were among young people aged 15-24 (780,000). While this number is falling, HIV-related deaths have been on the rise among this group. In fact, HIV is now the second most prolific cause of death among young people worldwide http://www.avert.org/hiv-aids-education-young-people.htm

5. American College of Rheumatology Patient and Caregiver Information Center on Rheumatoid Arthritis

17-08-2015 22-58-38Rheumatoid arhritis is a destructive joint disease which can cause severe disability. Many new treatments have been developed and patients’ education to ensure adherence to treatment and better understanding of the disease mechanisms is of great importance. In this web site, patients and educators will find tons of useful stuff on diagnosis, treatment and tips how to improve quality of life in RA patients. http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Rheumatoid-Arthritis

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One thought on “5 web sites for providing quality patient education

  1. Hi great post, very informative and educational. My favourite is the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Diabetes affect millions of people and this website supports the educators to teach patients how to manage their diseases. As we all know that medication is only one part of managing diabetes. Many others factors such as exercise and healthy diet play very important roles that educators must stress to the patients. One other website that I would recommend is the red cross. The red cross has been playing a very important roles in public health. Blood donation can save live and the website can help connect potential donors to the organization. Thank you for the post.

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