Clemmons, North Carolina (PressExposure) February 17, 2009 -- The Savvy Patient School is now available as a self-directed Internet course at [http://www.SavvyPatientSchool.com]. Developed from a patient's perspective, Savvy Patient School empowers people to coordinate and take control of their health care while partnering with their doctor and other members of their health care team.
Margo Corbett founded the school based on her book, The Savvy Patient's Toolkit, June 2008, which is available with or without a CD of health record forms and Internet resource links. The book was written at the point of need over a two and one half year period as Margo advocated for a friend and her husband after he was diagnosed with kidney failure due to medical errors. It is used as a textbook in nursing schools.
Studies show that clinicians often interrupt patients within the first 18 â 20 seconds of their office visit. Other studies reveal that 85% of the time the clinician decides the diagnosis in that 18 - 20 seconds and that 15% of all diagnoses are misdiagnoses. This cycle can be broken.
Everyone admits our current medical system is broken. Medical professionals are working hard to fix their parts. Very few patients feel they can do much to impact the care they receive, but that is far from the truth. Patients and caregivers can tell their story in a way that gets their clinician's attention, prevents the 18 â 20 second interruption, and provides information that helps the clinician. Margo says, "The stories we tell and how well we tell them make all the difference in the care we receive." Savvy Patient School attendees learn how to use the information in their personal health record to tell a better story and help their health care providers think avoiding premature diagnoses and the weighing of options.
Savvy Patient School teaches people how to collect and organize their health information for fingertip access in any circumstance and enables better communication. Details, far beyond those captured in other health record systems, are recorded in a way that allows patients to help their clinicians make connections among symptoms, personal and family medical history, medication side effects and other factors, thereby, creating deep personal health literacy. Attendees leave school as truly empowered patients with their health record notebook set up and ready to use. Best of all, they know how to use the information in it.
Other "keys to better health care" taught include: Â· How people unknowingly contribute to medical errors and what they can do about it. Â· How to recognize errors before they happen and prevent many of them. Â· Knowing what questions to ask, when and how to ask them. Â· Insights into navigating the medical system that doctors and other health professionals don't think to include as they advise on this subject, because they are too close to the system. Â· How to use their personal Savvy Patient Health Record in conjunction with the electronic medical record systems being launched nationwide. Â· And moreâ¦ What two physicians have to say:
âAll of us have experienced the fragmentation and depersonalization that characterize medicine in 21st century America. This flawed system has hurt Margo Corbett more than once. However, rather than curse the darkness, she has lit a bright candle. Applying her business expertise in systems and procedures to her own bad experiences with medicine, she has developed a system to help the average person avoid medical errors and misdiagnosis, and instead get the best possible medical care. I hope that all of my patients learn and use her system.â Steven L. Brown, MD, PhD, cardiologist & associate professor internal medicine Texas Tech University & author of Navigating The Medical Maze
" Ms. Corbett has the wisdom and training in Total Quality Management (TQM) to write this valued guide. We all need to read and to follow it verbatim and literatim. Truly this text should be required reading for all of our medical students at our Colleges of Medicine and our nursing students at our Colleges of Nursing. Further, our patients will be expected to benefit if five copies are placed in all of our City and County Public Libraries, moreover in the waiting areas of the offices of our chosen allied healthcare providers. I plan to keep my copy close at hand for ready reference." Joshua Grossman. Col, (r), U.S. Army Medical Corps, M.D., F.A.C.P., taken from his book review of The Savvy Patient's Toolkit.
The Self-directed Savvy Patient School consists of eight audio modules each approximately one hour in length. All instructions and resources for the course are provided online in downloadable form. Once registered, attendees sign in and listen to each module at their chosen time and pace. Materials for the course include the e-book version of The Savvy Patient's Toolkit, a complete set of over 40 forms for initial personal health record set up, Margo's Critical Question Series and all support materials for successful course completion, including a Help Desk to answer questions. Attendees can call Margo during business hours with questions. The introductory price of only $48 will end February 28. A free monthly newsletter is available at http://www.SavvyPatientToolkit.com.
About Margo Margo has survived cancer and three medical mishaps. She is a retired total quality and knowledge management consultant, has a B.S. in Medical Technology and Masters in Storytelling. She is a national speaker and volunteers for CareSpark, the nonprofit organization in NE Tennessee and SW Virginia making electronic medical records a reality in our region. She also volunteers as an observer / advisor to the National Health Information Network's Customer Perspective Team working to implement electronic medical records nationally.