WHCP Lecture Series: Patient Education in the 21st Century

The Westmount Healthy City Project and the MUHC Foundation Joint Venture Lecture Series will present Patient Education in the 21st Century., on Tuesday May 30 at 7 p.m. in the Westmount Library, 4574 Sherbrooke Street West.

Doctors David Fleiszer and Nancy Posel will discuss how  dealing with healthcare in the 21st century has changed dramatically and can be more challenging for both clinicians and their patients. But the good news is there are are also more opportunities for partnerships and a shared directive for health promotion, disease prevention and diagnosis.The doctors will focus on the present role of patient education and its impact on both patient and family involvement and understandings. There is no charge for admission but registration at 514.843.4543 is a must.

Dr. Nancy Posel is the Associate Director of the McGill Molson Medical Informatics Project, Director of Patient Education at the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) and co-founder of the MUHC Patient Education Office.

A nurse educator, Dr. Posel is committed to the use of innovative, multimedia-based approaches to support patient and family education. As a member of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University, she is also involved in the development and implementation of e-learning technologies in healthcare education.

In 2014 the MUHC presented a new antidote to the Dr. Google syndrome in which those looking for self diagnosis for symptoms were finding their way to the web for medical advice. After a few years of dealing with the phenomenon, the MUHC launched its own antidote… better and more accessible information for patients through the MUHC Education Office, followed by its own onsite solution t www.muhcpatienteducation.ca .

 “Healthcare workers often struggle to explain complicated procedures to patients and their families, who are under a lot of stress,” says Dr. David Fleiszer, MUHC surgeon/oncologist ,  and Director of the MUHC Patient Education Office. “Being able to review material at home or online, at their convenience, at their own pace and free of charge, allows patients to develop a better understanding of their diagnosis and the treatments they will undergo, and this can facilitate more constructive conversations with their care team and their families and improve patient outcomes.”

Three years ago the new education collection consisted of over 400 health modules which explain diseased and conditions in addition to treatment and rehabilitation options. There are lots of photos and charts, all evidence based and developed with the input of a variety of MUHC healthcare professionals. The site is continually being updated. The portfolio of life saving information  is viewed not only by Canadians, but by international visitors from literally around the world. The educational modules and associated materials are available in French and English, but are also being translated into other languages such as Mandarin, Italian and even Norwegian.



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