Learn to use Web-based patient education tools

By Nancy Fehr

Nearly 120 million adults have surfed the Internet in search of health or medical information, and nearly 85 percent of them have done so one or more times in the past month, according to a recent Harris poll. By using free tools and resources available from the Academy, you can help patients find your practice online and connect them with accurate, reliable orthopaedic patient education from the AAOS Web site, Your Orthopaedic Connection (YOC).

Get wired this year

Make this the year you start taking full advantage of all the valuable Internet-based patient education programs available through the AAOS. Internet-based patient education can benefit your orthopaedic practice in several ways. Key advantages include:

Helping patients become better informed about their medical conditions—Knowledgeable patients generally are more compliant with treatment protocols, leading to increased successful outcomes and additional referrals to your practice.

Saving you valuable time otherwise spent in repeated explanations about basic information—By providing patients, family members and caretakers with direct links to online information, you ensure that everyone receives the same message and can refer to it as often as necessary.

Expert guidance at Internet/YOC booth

Members of the Internet and Patient Education committees and AAOS staff will be on site throughout the Annual Meeting to provide hands-on, expert instruction. Ask questions and learn tips for using AAOS tools and resources to link your patients with the educational articles offered on YOC.

The AAOS Internet/YOC booth is located in Academy Row, across from the AAOS Resource Center Bookstore in Hall B of McCormick Place. At the booth, you can pick up free resources and handouts, as well as:

Build your own OrthoDoc Web site. On-site experts will guide you through the easy process of developing and enhancing your own customized OrthoDoc Web site. Customize your site and enhance identification by including a photo of yourself. There’s no need to hire someone; digital photography will be available at the booth. Begin by adding your practice information, choose a Web site address, link to educational content for patients in your areas of orthopaedic focus, and—Voila!—you’ve got a practice Web site.

Create customized “Rx for patient education” printouts. Everyone downloads information from the Web. Create customized forms—complete with your name, logo and practice information—and give them to patients with an individualized checklist of articles that you want them to read. Color, prescription-sized “Rx for patient education” notepads will also be available. The notepads have the Your Orthopaedic Connection Web address; jot down your own Web site or the name of a topic or condition article you want the patient to read.

Learn to use Your Orthopaedic Connection. Browse the Web site and pick up a YOC table of contents. You’ll find nearly 500 easy-to-read articles written for patients. Topics are organized in categories including Arm/Elbow, Arthritis, Children, en Espaņol, Foot/Leg, Hand, Hip, Injury Prevention, Joint Replacement, Knee, Neck, Osteoporosis, Patient-Centered Care, Patient Safety, Shoulder, Spine, Sports/Exercise, Tumors, Women’s Health and General Information.

Sign up for free e-newsletter. Submit your e-mail address to automatically receive the quarterly YOC e-newsletter, with links to new patient education content as it is added to the site.

“Patient education has never been more important to your practice than it is today,” says Patient Education Committee chair J. Sybil Biermann, MD. “Patient education not only improves compliance with treatment regimes and patient satisfaction, it can also reduce length of hospital stay and may even reduce your exposure to a medical liability claim.”

Take advantage of the resources and expertise available at the 2006 Annual Meeting and start using AAOS Internet-based patient education resources today. Stop by Academy Row to learn more.

Visit the AAOS Internet/YOC booth

For hands-on, expert instruction on the Academy’s Internet-based patient education tools, be sure to stop by the AAOS Internet/Your Orthopaedic Connection (YOC) booth. We’re located in Academy Row, directly across from the AAOS Resource Center Bookstore in Hall B of McCormick Place.

 

At the booth, you can pick up free resources, browse the Academy’s Web sites, or learn how to use AAOS tools to link your patients with educational content on YOC—the Academy’s popular patient education Web site (OrthoInfo.org). And if you haven’t already created your own personalized OrthoDoc Web site, do it today! You can begin filling in the templates and adding practice information and links to relevant AAOS patient educational materials. Staff will guide you through the initial process, and even take a digital photo of you and place it on your site, if you wish. Complete your site here or back at your home or office.

See you at the booth!

Your Orthopaedic Connection: “Fast facts”

How familiar are you with the Academy’s patient education Web site, Your Orthopaedic Connection (YOC)? Here are some YOC “Fast facts”:

    YOC (www.orthoinfo.org) is the most popular section of the AAOS Web site.

    The YOC site attracts more than 1.5 million page views a month.

    Nearly 500 easy-to-read articles—written specifically for patients—are available on the site.

    More than 25 percent of visitors to YOC arrive because of a referral from the search engine, Google™.

    Google search technology was recently added to the site. Users are now able to locate information more quickly and efficiently via a search box that appears at the top of every page.

    New information categories were recently added, including “Joint Replacement,” “Tumors” and “Patient Centered Care.”

    A new “Printer Friendly” link appears in the upper right-hand corner of every article on YOC, giving users one-click access to a print-ready copy of the article.

    Every article contains an “E-mail to a Friend” link that allows users to electronically send a copy of any article to a friend, family member, patient or colleague simply by typing in their e-mail address.

    The site contains more than 40 articles in Spanish.

    Several articles on YOC are available in Japanese. In addition, the site will soon offer translations of its articles in several other languages, including Chinese, Italian, French, Portuguese and Thai, thanks to cooperative arrangements with international orthopaedic societies.


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