A recent happy little accident for me has been participation in the Global Health Delivery Project at Harvard University. I hit the jackpot when invited to participate in a week long series of important health related presentations and debates on a global scale.
A series of virtual panels (population health, cost, value-based healthcare, etc...) stimulated ongoing discussions about a variety of healthcare issues. I selected several topics for ongoing conversations and recently discovered the Health Literacy Tool Shed, a resource shared in my population health group.
There is a growing awareness of limited numeracy skills in medicine and nestled among the more general health literacy topics are several numeracy instruments available for patient and medical education. As luck would have it I have been creating awareness of effective strategies for educational engagement in type 2 diabetes and wanted to share this free resource.
Effective self-care in diabetes is critical and perhaps neglected in many clinical environments. Well-intentioned professionals prescribe life-style interventions along with pharmaceuticals but how do we know if our patients are able to translate recommendations? If we assign labels such as noncompliant or non adherent are we missing the real cause?
The importance of comprehending data reported in clinical literature and implications on high-value care is critical. New therapeutics are emerging from industry pipelines at record rates but are they truly innovative at the point of care?
Do your patients have a level of literacy to be informed shared-decision makers? Shouldn't you know?
From age 50, adults with diabetes died 4.6 years earlier, developed disability 6–7 years earlier, and spent about 1–2 more years in a disabled state than adults without diabetes. With increasing baseline age, diabetes was associated with significant (P < 0.05) reductions in the number of total and disability-free life-years, but the absolute difference in years between those with and without diabetes was less than at younger baseline age. Men with diabetes spent about twice as much of their remaining years disabled (20–24% of remaining life across the three disability definitions) as men without diabetes (12–16% of remaining life across the three disability definitions). Similar associations between diabetes status and disability-free and disabled years were observed among women.--Disability-Free Life-Years Lost Among Adults Aged ≥50 Years, With and Without Diabetes
Thoughtful discussions about content development and outcomes analytics that apply the principles and frameworks of health policy and economics to persistent and perplexing health and health care problems.
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In a world of "evidence-based" medicine I am a bigger fan of practice-based evidence.
Remember the quote by Upton Sinclair...
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”
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