Round Table 301E

 Megan Cory, BS, Wasif Osmani, BS, Kevin Cory, BS, Nathan Lamberton, PharmD, BCPS, Rebecca Lundh, MD  Staci Young, PhD    
Limited patient understanding of disease prevention and chronic illness self-management is very common, but it is most prevalent in underserved populations. Many factors contribute to this including limited time and resources (of patients and providers), health literacy, and prioritization of other presenting health concerns. The problem is not only a lack of patient understanding and self-efficacy, but also clinician comfort in providing this education, as many physicians and residents report inadequate training to provide patient education in these areas. To address this issue, we developed the Creating Health Education for Constructive Knowledge in Underserved Populations (CHECK UP) Program. This program seeks to improve health knowledge and outcomes in patients and provide training of future healthcare providers focused on skills for patient education. Medical College of Wisconsin students (n=84) participated in a series of 3 2-hour sessions aimed at teaching current recommendations for diabetes prevention/treatment and preventive skin care, managing chronic illness, and how to address these topics with patients. Post-session surveys assessed student change in confidence in addressing and/or meeting the objectives of each session. The overarching aim of CHECK UP is to develop an effective program that encompasses both patient and student education with the goal of improving patient health outcomes and building student confidence and experience in managing chronic diseases. In this presentation, we will discuss our findings, how CHECK UP can be applied at other medical institutions, and the potential for expansion to include other topics that meet the specific needs of the community.        

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