Medical Students Meet User Driven Health Care for Patient Centered Learning in Clinical Medicine

Medical Students Meet User Driven Health Care for Patient Centered Learning in Clinical Medicine

Nitesh Arora (L. N. Medical College, India), Neha Tamrakar (L. N. Medical College, India), Amy Price (University of Oxford, UK) and Rakesh Biswas (L. N. Medical College, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2237-9.ch037
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Abstract

Patient-centered learning and participatory research are emerging movements in the transformation of primary healthcare and research participation. In recent years this focus has extended to the utilization of User Driven Health Care (UDHC) networks for patient centered learning in medical education. Technology now makes it possible for patients, medical students, and providers to communicate through the Internet on a secure platform. Student authors experiencing this new brush with technology-supported, patient centered learning experience share how participation in a User Driven Health Care online education experience informed their learning and incited them to develop an interest in evidence based knowledge. They developed a survey tool and conducted interviews over the Internet to report on the experiences of others within the network. The findings were largely positive although some students did not feel the reality of the connection to an actual patient. Others report enjoying the experience and being enriched through the interaction, but, at the same time, expressed doubts whether this was a sustainable way to learn given the volume of information a student has to master to attain to the level of a practicing physician
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Udhc Platform Advantages

This clinical problem-solving forum evolved to address the current problem of individual patients having to travel long distances at great expense to face unbearable wait times. At UDHC the patient’s information travels through a network of dedicated health professionals who provide input for the patients’ medical provider to assist in diagnosis, treatment and follow up care rather than the patient having to make this journey.

This platform is an extension of telemedicine and information technologies now in use that provides the patients with clinical health care at a distance (Finkelstein, Speedie, Zhou, Potthoff, & Ratner, 2011). The difference is that this platform gives the patient a voice and it is an ecological way to join the needs for students for interactive patient care and for patients who have the benefit of being able to ask about their intervention or diagnosis without the crowding of an urgent time limited medical appointment(Price, Chandra et al., 2013).

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