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Saturday, February 26, 2005

Internet-based patient education tools from Academy can enhance your practice

By Nancy Fehr

AAOS makes it affordable and as easy as 1-2-3 for a member to enhance his or her patient education program using Internet technologies. You can get a headstart while at the Annual Meeting when you stop at the AAOS Online booth, located in Hall D across from the Resource Center. There, you'll learn how you can:

  • Build your own Web site using personal physician or group practice (OrthoDoc) templates
  • Populate the Web site with links to patient education modules from Your Orthopaedic Connection, the AAOS patient education Web site, on topics you choose in your specialties
  • Direct patients to read relevant educational modules, using customized "Rx for patient education" printouts

Build your own Web site

More than 2,500 AAOS members have already built Web sites using the Academy's free OrthoDoc templates. You can choose from several designs and personalize your Web site with your photo and logo. To get started, go to: OrthoDoc.aaos.org/info

Choose an "individual" or "group practice" Web site. Log in with your last name and Academy ID number. Fill in the templates until your Web site is complete. You can view sample OrthoDoc sites and find out more at the AAOS Online Booth.

Populate your Web site

Once you've built your OrthoDoc Web site, you can easily populate it with patient education materials, making it a significant resource for your patients. With your OrthoDoc site, you can automatically choose links to patient education articles in your specialties on the AAOS patient education Web site, Your Orthopaedic Connection (orthoinfo.aaos.org).

If you have a personal or non-OrthoDoc Web site, you can link to articles from Your Orthopaedic Connection as well. Be sure to refer to and follow the linking guidelines: www3.aaos.org/policies/hyperlink.cfm.

Your Orthopaedic Connection is a virtual patient education library you can use. Choose from more than 450 patient education articles in 14 categories: Arm/Elbow; Arthritis; Children; Foot/Leg; General Information; Hand; Hip; Injury Prevention; Knee; Neck; Osteoporosis; Patient Safety; Shoulder; Spine; Sports/Exercise and Women's Health. Articles from each section have also been translated in to Spanish to help you deliver culturally competent care. You'll find them in the "En Espaņol" section.

Your Orthopaedic Connection attracts nearly 800,000 page views each month from orthopaedic patients, physicians and the public around the world. Recommend it to your patients, too.

Direct your patients

Give your patients the benefit of orthopaedic information you can trust. All materials on Your Orthopaedic Connection are written and reviewed by AAOS members, ensuring their medical accuracy.

An educated patient can be your best result. For orthopaedists, some benefits of providing patient education include increased patient satisfaction and compliance. By ensuring that your patients have written or online materials to reference, you could reduce the amount of time you spend in repeating explanations.

The AAOS makes it easy for you to refer patients to medically accurate, well-written and easily understood orthopaedic information. Here are three suggstions:

  • Refer patients to the Web site: The Your Orthopaedic Connection URL is easy to remember: www.OrthoInfo.org. You can also print out articles to hand to patients or provide a selection in your waiting room.
  • Give your patients an "Rx for patient education." The AAOS has colorful, prescription-sized notepads printed with the Your Orthopaedic Connection Web site address and space for individualized notes and recommendations. Stop by the AAOS Online Booth in Hall D, across from the Resource Center, and pick up a free sample. Or e-mail Nancy Fehr (fehr@aaos.org) for more information.
  • Create customized "Rx" handouts of your own. A new online tool lets you design and print out your own prescriptions for patient education. You can customize it with your name, office information and logo; list article titles you choose, and simply "check off" the ones you want your patient to read. See how easily it is when you stop by the AAOS Online Booth at Annual Meeting.

If you feel comfortable working online, you can try it yourself. Simply go to: www.aaos.org/rx. Log in with your last name/password, choose the titles you want to appear on your prescription sheet, then print out the customized sheets.

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