Steve Turner and colleagues have been working on ways to put people in charge of their own healthcare. Nowhere is this more important than for people with a variety of conditions or illnesses.
Their approach involves people attending a group session on medicines, and then having the option of reviewing their medicines individually in a 3/4-hour session with two health professionals (e.g. a prescriber and a pharmacist). They provide people with their own notes in the form of a written action plan, which they can share with clinicians.
Benefits identified to date include improved adherence with medicines; improved quality of life; reduced unnecessary medicines; identification and actions on previously unreported patient safety issues; a potential reduction in ‘bouncing’ referrals, less missing information and fewer unnecessary contacts with services.
Steve explains more about Patient Led Clinical Education© and Patient Led Clinical Medicines Review™ in this blog.