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Medical Humanity: Engaging Patients and Communities in Healthcare

Find out how and why you should engage patients and communities in the development of new healthcare technology and treatments.

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Medical Humanity: Engaging Patients and Communities in Healthcare

Engage patients in the development of healthcare technology and treatments

The development of healthcare treatments has given people hope to fight diseases in new ways and it is critical that medical professionals have the skills to explain the benefits of treatments to patients and, ideally, involve them in the development of new treatments in the first place.

This online course explores the concept of doctors as “mediators” in the changing relationship between patients and technology, and introduces the theme of “medical humanity” to improve communication and trust in healthcare. Using real-life examples from Taiwan and South East Asia, you will find out how to bring patients into the development of medical technologies and treatments.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Hello, everyone, I am Dr. Duu-Jian Tsai from Taipei Medical University. The development of healthcare treatments has given people hopes to fight diseases. However, human are born to be afraid of advanced technologies, but also feel with great expectations. That’s why medical miscommunication has never ended. As we know, doctors as mediators in the changing relationship with patients besides of the medical professional skills.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds Better social trust comes from better communication in the context of healthcare. This course is going to talk about some new approaches to build up humanity literacy in medical education. Such as, How to listen to people through practice oral history taking. How to teach elders to do new things through living lab development. How to empower patients through tribal community services. To be a smart practitioner in a changing world, I am looking forward to meeting you in this course. Let’s learn and practice!

What topics will you cover?

  • The basic principles of community engagement
  • The concept of “living labs”
  • How to listen to people and use their oral histories as part of healthcare service design
  • How to make elders or minority groups an integral part of designing new medical technologies

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain what ‘living labs’ is about
  • Investigate the development of medical humanities in one's context
  • Design a course using methods learnt during this course

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for undergraduates and postgraduates, with some medical, healthcare or social work experience.

Who will you learn with?

Professor and Director (Institute of Humanity in Medicine , Taipei Medical University) also Associate Professor, National Yang Ming University

Who developed the course?

Taipei Medical University

Taipei Medical University (TMU) has been a leader in Taiwan’s healthcare system for over half a century due to its research, teaching excellence, internationalization and outstanding medical service.

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