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Online course

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.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Medical Humanity: Engaging Patients and Communities in Healthcare

Why join the course?

The development of healthcare treatments has given people hope to fight diseases. However, humans are born to be afraid of advanced technologies.

As such, 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.

Engage patients in the development of healthcare technology and treatments

This free 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.

You will find out how to bring patients into the development of medical technologies and treatments.

Traditionally, patients have been the “test” or “observation” subjects in science research, after tools have already been invented. But we will show you how to identify patients’ real needs, design prototypes to meet them and then interview patients, to find out how the prototypes can be modified.

Using real-life examples from Taiwan and South East Asia, the course will help you to understand:

  • 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; and why you should consider technology as a tool for conscious social change.

(Traditional Chinese subtitles are available)

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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 secondsHello, 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 secondsBetter 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

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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?

Who developed the course?

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.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript $59.00

Statement of Participation $54.00