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Computer Initiatives in Patient Education: The Patient Education for U Project. Jackie A. Smith, Ph.D. Topics. Objectives and Background Mission Statement and Goals The Web Leap The Home Page The Author’s Guide Demonstration Project Results Future Directions .

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Computer Initiatives in Patient Education: The Patient Education for U Project

Jackie A. Smith, Ph.D.


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Topics Education for U Project

  • Objectives and Background

  • Mission Statement and Goals

  • The Web Leap

  • The Home Page

  • The Author’s Guide

  • Demonstration Project Results

  • Future Directions


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Objectives for Session Education for U ProjectBy the end of the session each participant will be able to:

  • Describe the use of computer technology in patient education.

  • List the advantages of using Web-based technology.

  • Explain the value of “A Document Process.”

  • Distinguish appropriate items for a Patient Education Home Page.

  • Define practical tips for writing patient education materials.


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Jackie A. Smith, Ph.D., Leader Education for U Project

Karla M. Hill, Executive Secretary

Patricia Y. Arter (Eccles Library)

Bruce E. Bray, M.D. (Cardiology, Medical Informatics)

Frances E. Catinella (Nutrition Care Services)

Diane Cunningham (Nursing Education)

Deborah Hile (Eccles Library)

Georgia Jones (Social Work)

Marc Jones (Respiratory Therapy)

Sandi Martin (Community Outreach)

Renée Neuharth ((Preventive Cardiology)

Scott B. Silverstein (Pharmacy Services)

Claire C. Stanley (Perinatal Patient Education)

Geri Wood (Diabetes Education)

Patient Education Clearinghouse Committee


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All patients at University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics receive top-quality patient education materials, information, and instruction.

Mission Statement


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Patient education efforts enhance patient learning, promote informed decision-making, increase compliance with health-enhancing behaviors, and improve clinical outcomes.

Goal for Patients


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Quality patient education materials are easily accessible through the use of leading-edge computer technology.

Goal for Providers


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From: through the use of leading-edge computer technology.Medicine is the Best Laughter by Gideon Bosker, M.D., Mosby, 1995


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Readability through the use of leading-edge computer technology.

  • 1/5 of US population unable to read standard pamphlet (5th grade level)

  • Average person reads at 8-9th grade level


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Readability of Materials (N=139) through the use of leading-edge computer technology.


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Key Decisions through the use of leading-edge computer technology.

  • Call for top 10 materials used in each area sent out to Management Council.

  • Readability tested internal documents.

  • Placed information in Excel spreadsheet.

  • Submitted capital request for computer equipment.

  • Moved database from Excel to Access.

  • Used HTML format and some PDF documents.

  • Decided all printing to go to laser printers.

  • Developed information sheet on every offering.


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Patient Friendly Materials: through the use of leading-edge computer technology.

  • Increase understanding.

  • Decrease barriers for learning.

  • Increase patient compliance.

  • Empower patients to make informed choices.


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Standardized Materials: through the use of leading-edge computer technology.

  • Are cataloged and can be updated.

  • Have appropriate readability levels.

  • Have reliable medical content.

  • Improve public’s image of the institution.

  • Create collaborative efforts.

  • Improve consistency of materials.

  • Are computer compatible for ease of access.


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Benefits for Providers: through the use of leading-edge computer technology.

  • Central place coordinates patient education.

  • Process is easily understood.

  • Overall awareness of “patient-friendly” materials is increased.

  • Standardized materials are readily accessible.

  • Reports are generated.


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Disadvantages? through the use of leading-edge computer technology.Issues?


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Document Quality through the use of leading-edge computer technology.


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Demonstration Project Meeting through the use of leading-edge computer technology.

  • Oncology

  • Cardiology

  • Nutrition Care Services


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