While planning to “Educate Well Monthly," you and your colleagues must
care to share daily. Crucially, each clinical encounter presents valuable opportunities to provide relevant comorbidity information, answer questions and nurture healthy decisions by your patients, as well as others in their circle of influence who should benefit from your expertise. By request for detailed conversational guidance, our “Let’s Talk” training module provides
handy prompts for each “Did You Know?” topic. For example, while concentrating on Ototoxicity during April’s Head and Neck Awareness month, we discuss 3 key questions:
- Do you know that taking certain drugs, many cancer-related, may cause hearing loss for both children and adults?
- Do you have cancer or are you taking any drugs that may cause hearing loss?
- Do you know a loved one with cancer or who may be taking drugs that may cause hearing loss?
By asking suitable questions routinely, you stimulate necessary learning, practical discussion and service opportunities. This case in point, more know about Ototoxicity and communication wellness experts should compassionately inform them.
While embedding comorbidity dialogue in your essential patient protocols, savvy educators encourage “
Better Hearing is Better Healthcare” conversations in currently referring and targeted clinics. As a business stimulant, grocery stores cross-merchandise peanut butter near jelly and noodles with pasta sauce. When shopping on Amazon, links indicate those who bought
this were typically interested in
that. As consumers, seeing one product may intuitively prompt interest in another. Sound familiar?
By analogy, if successful retailers consistently demonstrate cross-merchandising skills, why do hearing care specialists and other whole person care leaders not
cross-educate more effectively? Is it the lack of time, reputable information, progressive habits or essential need to identify proven methods? While reasons vary, the power of proximity creates daily opportunities to help patients make well-informed decisions.
Which research-based comorbidity data should be properly shared with fellow healthcare professionals and how? In next week’s issue, we will explore how to systematically establish
educational domino effects in high integrity ways.