Starting of EM educator.

Abdus Salam Khan, MD FACP
May, 2019

Although we usually think the treatment of any condition is the responsibility of the doctors, yet it is well understood that a well educated patient about his disease or condition has a better chance of dealing with situation in much better and calmer way. (1)

In the spirit of being educator to the doctors themselves it is our duty to teach patients also. We do it through one to one teaching at each visit, which is the proper way of educating the patients by the doctors regarding their illness.(2) With the same spirit, through all kind of print and other electronic media the common man or the public is expected to be informed regarding their health and different aspects of sickness and disease prevention.

There is enormous need to educate people in terms of prevention and also treatment aspects in emergency situations. As a veil of focus is mostly emergency care, so we decided to educate people regarding aspects of emergency care and the process of treating the patients in emergency departments. This can, not only give them a perspective regarding emergency conditions, but will also enhance the understanding regarding steps of treatment. Afterall the medical decision making should be a shared responsibility of the physicians and the patient and the caregivers, as addressed by Chen et al in Dec 2016 in Academic Emergency medicine. (3)

It is our desire to have such an impact through education that the people should be aware of the steps to avoid the disease and sickness, and if they get afflicted with any condition they should be able to understand the way forward to deal with it as an informed patient. It will enhance treatment outcome and improve the level of satisfaction, decrease the burden of stress on the system. The education is being imported through the use of Internet and then through the social media. We have used the local language through short video messages and visuals to let people absorb the complex steps through stepwise approach. You can see that at YouTube as the EM educators channel. Our efforts are to match the needs of the patient with the required knowledge to make the illness as less problematic as possible.

The EM educators channel had been planned to be interactive in the way that the questions of the audience will be entertained regarding any topic that they feel the need to know more about. We will also include other specialties like cardiovascular diseases, neurology, gastroenterology, surgery and other aspects of treatment to give advice in the matters relating to the emergency situations. Although we have not seen any evidence in the emergency department regarding this but Irewall et al in Jan 2019 has shown the value of telephone based prevention in cases of follow up in TIA/ Stroke. (4)

I would hope is to educate our citizen and the people of the region and to fill the knowledge gap. We would appreciate your input and advice in this regard.

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1- Paterick TE, Patel N, Tajik AJ, Chandrasekaran K. Improving health outcomes through patient education and partnerships with patients. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2017;30(1):112–113.

2- Education for health promotion and disease prevention: convince them, don’t confuse them.

Beitz JM. Ostomy Wound Manage. 1998 Mar;44(3A Suppl):71S-76S; discussion 77S. Review.

3- The Role of Education in the Implementation of Shared Decision Making in Emergency Medicine: A Research Agenda. Esther H. Chen MD, Hemal K. Kanzaria MD, MSc, Kaoru Itakura MD, Juanita Booker‐Vaughns MaED, EdD, Kabir Yadav MD, Bryan G. Kane MD,

4- Trials. 2019 Jan 15;20(1):52. Nurse-led, telephone-based secondary preventive follow-up benefits stroke/TIA patients with low education: a randomized controlled trial sub-study.

Irewall AL, Ögren J, Bergström L, Laurell K, Söderström L, Mooe T. doi: 10.1186/s13063-018-3131-4.

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