Impact of Patient Health Education on the Screening for Disease Test-Outcomes: The Case of Using Educational Materials From the Internet and Online Health Communities

Impact of Patient Health Education on the Screening for Disease Test-Outcomes: The Case of Using Educational Materials From the Internet and Online Health Communities

Thierry O. C. Edoh (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7131-5.ch006

Abstract

Screening for diseases is a medical process to predict, prevent, detect, and cure a disease in people at high risk. However, it is limited in the quality and accuracy of the outcomes. The reason for this is the lack of long-term data about the health condition of the patient. Launching modern information and communication technology in the screening process has shown promise of improving the screening outcomes. A previous study has shown that patient education can positively impact the patient behavior face to a disease and can empower the patient to adopt a healthy lifestyle and thus avoid certain diseases. Offering medical education to the patient can positively impact screening outcomes since educated and empowered patients are more aware of certain diseases and can collect significant information. This can minimize the rate of false positive as well as false negative screening results. This chapter analyzes how medical education can contribute to improving screening outcomes.
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1. Background And Literature Review

Patient education can empower patient, increase his diseases awareness level, and thus contribute to adopting a healthy lifestyle to prevent disease as far as possible (Edoh, Zogbochi, Pawar, Hounsou, & Alahassa, 2017). Health education is a well-spread process but not sustainable. The existing methods are limited due to financial concerns, education level of the population, especially in developing countries, lack of adequate materials. Furthermore, this limitation is due to infrastructural and structural issues healthcare systems are facing worldwide, but developing countries bear a big burden of this issue.

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