PlatformQ Health is proud to be a platinum sponsor of the Alliance Connect Annual Conference, happening July 14-17, in Orlando, FL. Alliance Connect is a 4-day event that brings together healthcare CPD professionals for an impressive line-up of educational sessions led by expert speakers who will provide their insights on the latest healthcare trends and research.
PlatformQ Health’s very own Caroline Pardo, PhD, CHCP, FACEHP, VP of Education Strategy and Partnerships, is speaking in two sessions on Thursday, July 15th. Pardo will co-lead, Use of a validated measure of activation to assess impact of education on patients, with Greselda Butler, CHCP, FACEHP, Associate Director, Grants and Contributions at Otsuka. In which, they will explore the incorporation of the PAM tool in the evaluation of the impact of education on patients, and how it helped to show change in activation and empowerment. Pardo will lead a second session, Same storm, different ships: Accounting for social determinants of health within CPD design and evaluation, which will explore social factors that impact CPD design, based on social science literature and the tools and technologies that enable case-based learning for medical education.
Thursday, July 15, 2021, 1:15-2:15
“Activation” is a construct that encompasses knowledge, beliefs and skills that a patient needs to successfully manage life with a disease or medical condition. The patient activation measure (PAM) is a validated survey that is widely used in social and health sciences to assess the construct of activation among specific health populations. Research studies have linked patient activation to many positive outcomes including improved health communication, decreased hospitalizations, lower health costs, and improved clinical outcomes.
Shared decision making (SDM), the process that takes the “focus on the patient” into an actionable next step, remains a hot topic in health care. SDM promotes open lines of communication and empathy between patients and clinicians, the increase of patient knowledge, and the promotion of realistic health-outcome expectations. For HCPs, SDM increases clinician understanding of patient concerns and care priorities, while teaching them ways to adapt behavior and integrate useful tools into care.
A challenge for the CEHP community has been the development of ways to educate on and evaluate SDM among HCP learners and patients. This session will share how we incorporated the PAM tool in the evaluation of the impact of education on patients, and how it helped to show change in activation and empowerment. We will discuss the value of survey validation, as well as approaches to recruitment, administration, analysis and data presentation when working with patient populations. Educational provider and supporter panelists will share insights into their experience with validated measurement tools, including PAM, and the value they perceive in this variety of patient-level data.
This session will include an open discussion with Alliance learners focused on their experiences as evaluators who measure similar constructs: patient activation, empowerment, self-efficacy, and concepts related to SDM. We will discuss ways to integrate PAM or other validated measures into their evaluation planning.
- Critically review results from an evaluation that utilized a validated survey tool
Same storm, different ships: Accounting for social determinants of health within CPD design and evaluation
Thursday, July 15, 2021 2:30-3:30
In 2012, Curtis Olson, the JECHP editor at the time, offered 20 predictions for the evolution of CPD. Almost a decade later, we see only moderate alignment with these predictions. A handful of the predictions seem to hold strong current relevance, given the growing focus on social determinants of health, particularly in the context of increasing focus on issues of equity of resources, and the role of race, gender, and other social factors, as they relate to the choices and chances that individuals have to strive for and achieve fair, safe, comfortable, and healthy lives.
The time is ripe for some evolution of our CPD literature to increase consideration of social science, and particularly the sociology of behavior change, to improve our educational discipline. For example, taking an informed approach related to the social factors that can be anticipated to impact health-focused interventions, can equip us to improve our CPD designs to more directly impact clinical practice and, ultimately patient outcomes. Some foundational works in medical sociology provide useful theoretical models to CPD, particularly as they inform the development of educational design in which social factors influence health and disease.
This session will provide a brief overview of a model, developed by William Cockerham, in Social Causes of Health and Disease, 3rd ed (2020) that is applicable to CPD design. Learners will be equipped with some answers to the following questions:
- What do we need to consider when planning CPD, to address the social causes of disease?
- What social root causes of disease can education directly address? What areas are stubborn and require comprehensive solutions to address?
- What social causes of health are helpful to consider, when establishing CPD learning design?
- Identify social factors that impact CPD design, based on social science literature.
- Identify tools and technologies that enable case-based learning for medical education.
- Apply case-based learning strategies to design immersive learning experiences that maximize knowledge transfer.
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