Enhance scientific writing skills by including university-based writing programs

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University based editing system and writing programs serves as an educational platform for improving scientific writing skills and publishing capacity by providing continuous education in medical writing, editing, publishing, and publication ethics.

Barroga E and team has conducted a study to improve the writing skills and publishing capacity of the writers, by developing the university-based editing system and writing programs.

Editors with a strong medical background and experience in medical research, editing, writing, and publishing were involved in training the academic members. An online system for manuscript submission, highly skilled and experienced team, well-organized work-flow, systemic editing process, filing system, and education materials were the core components for the university-based editing system.

Additionally, building writing programs, which includedmedical writing and editing internships, academic courses, special interactive lectures,seminars, academic visits, medical writing mentoring program, networking programs, and publication resources were helpful in building the scientific skills.

The study concluded that university-based editing system and writing programs enhanced the writing skills and publishing capacity by providing high standard education in medical writing, editing, publishing, and publication ethics.

Reference:

Barroga E, Mitoma H. Improving scientific writing skills and publishing capacity by developing University-based editing system and writing programs. J Korean Med Sci. 2018 Dec 28; 34(1):e9.

Healthcare regulatory affairs outsourcing market-projected to lead globally

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Global healthcare regulatory affairs outsourcing market is at surge because of different services it offers. The report focused on the current status of global healthcare regulatory affairs and forecasted the future opportunitiesin the global healthcare. It also provided information regarding the market trends, development, key players, capacities, and technologies on changing the capital structure of global healthcare regulatory affair outsourcing market. Some of the key players included in the report are Food & Beverage companies, and the biotechnology companies.

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Social media – Transforming Healthcare professionals’ digital behaviors

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Social media is playing a major role in the healthcare industry to maintain communication between the healthcare and non-Healthcare professionals (HCPs). Previously HCPs used social network sitesonly from the computer-based platforms, but now these networks can be accessed through the mobile devices as well. HCPs and pharmaceutical companies are widely using these social websites for having conversations related to treatment plans and clinical trial results. Tracking digital behaviors of HCPs enables the healthcare market to know opinionsof HCPs and plan out the effective outreach strategies.

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Patient education material is a key for health literacy

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Patient education material (PEM) is a key for improving health literacy skill in field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Han A and team conducted a study to evaluate whether the patient education materials (PEM) in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) meets the NIH-recommended eighth-grade reading level. It also comparedthe PM&RPEM with handouts from American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which are the previously analyzed patient accessible resources for sports and rehabilitation medicine.

It was a comparative cross-sectional study, which included the websites of professional PM&R societies, AAOS and AAFP for entriesin the patient education section. The Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level (FKGL) and Simplified Measure of Gobbledygook (SMOG) formulas were used to assess the readability.

The study identified 167 online PM&R resources, which were compared with94 articles from AAOS and 65 from AAFP. PM&R and AAOS had Mean SMOG and FKGL scoresexceeding the eighth-grade reading level, but AAFP met the readability levels. SMOG and FKGL levels showed higher reading difficulty for PM&R compared to AAOS and AAFP. 

The study concluded that the PEM in PM&R has exceededNIH-recommended averageeighth-grade readability levels. The physiatry community can make more comprehensible and accessible for patient education material by providing the resource at more appropriate reading level.

Reference:

Han A, Carayannopoulos AG. Readability of Patient Education Materials in

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R): A Comparative Cross-Sectional Study.PM R. 2019 Jul 30.

Health Education improves mental health and Quality-of-life in dialysis patients

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Health promotion education groups helps in improving depression, hope and quality of life in dialysis patients.

Hsu SY and team conducted a study to evaluate the effectiveness of health promotion education on dialysis patients experiencing depression, reduced hopeand quality of life.

It was a randomized control trial, which included 40 dialysis patients. The patients were randomized into experimental and control groups. Both the groups received the routine dialysis treatment and nursing care. The experimental group was involved in health promotion education group activities for 90 minutes, twice a week.The effects were determined by analyzing quantitative data of both the groups and qualitative datainthe experimental group.

The result revealed that health promotion education group aided the experimental group patients to adapt the consequences of dialysis and maintain hope for improved quality of life.It has significantly improved the depression, hope, and quality of life in dialysis patients.

The study concluded that implementation of health promotion education group promotes mental health and improves quality of life in dialysis patients by providing the effective information and nursing care.

Reference:

Hsu SY, Huang HS. [Improving Depression, Hope, and Quality of Life in Dialysis Patients Using Health Promotion Education Groups]. Hu Li ZaZhi. 2019 Aug;66(4):29-39.

Internet of things to drive global healthcare market in the upcoming years

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Internet of things in healthcare market promotes a well-organized healthcare system in terms of energy, time, and cost. The advancement and implementation of IoT technology in healthcare system offers various components that helps in early diagnosis and management of chronic diseases. Among the various services provided by IoT technology, e-health is an important component. Adoption of IoT in pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry is also expected to drive the global market in the upcoming years.

Reference: Space Market Research

Corporate blended-learning to emerge as a norm by 2024

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Global corporate blended learning report has forecasted about the market growth based on the geographical conditions. Additionally, it has described about theplayers, providers and products, which are going to be involved in the growth. The report enabled investors to evaluate, the market, upcoming buisness oppurtunities, technological development, as well as limitation and difficulties that may interfere with the business decisions.

Source: All Times Tech

Infographics could be an effective way for health education in people

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Infographics could be a great way to understand, learn and improve your knowledge on complex medical conditions. Kathleen A and Carol Clark, clinical assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing, discussed the importance of infographics in managing complex conditions, including atopic dermatitis in the 40th National Conference on Pediatric Health Care. They said that the success of the treatment is directly linked to the adherence of instructions provided by the doctor. To enhance the compliance and simplify the instructions, infographics could be of a great use.

Source: Contemporary Pediatrics

Home-based education prevents hospitalization in atrial fibrillation patients.

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Latest study presented at ESC congress 2019 suggested that, home-based and personalized education avoids hospitalization in atrial fibrillation patients.About 627 atrial fibrillation patients were allocated to receive education at home, which focused on the management of future atrial fibrillation episodes, importance of medicines in managing symptoms and risk of stroke, and role of lifestyle modification. After two years of follow-up the study concluded that education delivered in a structured and individualized way in the patient’s home has a dramatic impact on hospitalizations for atrial fibrillation as well as on other cardiovascular hospitalization.

Source: European Society of Cardiology

Digital health education-an effective way for improving skills of HCPs

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Digital education on chronic disease management is well received and helps in improving knowledge and skills of a healthcare professional.  

Huang Z and team has conducted a study to assess the effectiveness and economic impact of digital education on diabetes management in improving the knowledge, skills, attitude, satisfaction, and competencies of healthcare professionals, as well as its impact on patient outcomes.

The study included reports of certain randomized controlled trials (RCTs), cluster RCTs, and quasi-RCTs. Google scholar, trial registries, theses, dissertations, and academic reports were used as source for obtaining all stages of publications in diabetes management. All the online as well as the offline education modalities were included in the study. Overall 12 studies met the inclusion criteria. Among them one group of RCT of blended study, digital study, are compared with one group of traditional education.

The study results showed that blended and digital education showed significantly higher knowledge and skill scores than traditional education. Patient outcomes and economic impact showed very little difference. 

The study concluded that digital education is more effective in improving diabetes-related knowledge and skills in healthcare professionals than compared with traditional education.

Reference:

Huang Z, Semwal M, Lee SY, et al. Digital Health Professions Education on Diabetes Management: Systematic Review by the Digital Health Education Collaboration. J Med Internet Res. 2019;21(2):e12997. Published 2019 Feb 21.