by Tavis Taylor
The problem we solve: The U.S. Department of Education studied the health literacy levels among American adults and provided that 12% were proficient, 53% were intermediate, 22% were basic, and 14% were below basic. In addition, it has been shown that the average American adult reads at approximately a 7th to 8th grade level. Based on this, AMA, NIH, and the United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) advocate for patient education materials to be written at no greater than a 6th grade reading level. Past studies have shown that to increase health literacy on a particular diagnosis and facilitate informed decision making. This project aims to address these discrepancies in neurosurgery patients regarding COVID-19.
About our solution: It's important that patients and physicians share similar goals and expectations in regards to patient health. This leads to more informed decision making in prevention, intervention, and therapy of a disease. Due to limited time with knowledgeable health professionals, patients may seek outside resources on a disease. These outside resources may be beyond their comprehension or they may even provide misinformation. Our solution is to include a user-friendly informational multimedia device to improve patient health literacy in regards to the infectious disease, COVID-19.Progress to date:
We have proven in the pilot study, "Patient Education and Engagement Through Multimedia; Prospective Pilot Study on Health Literacy in Patients with Cerebral Aneurysms", that an iPad as a multimeia learning tool, may have impact on improving patients' knowledge of a disease in a clinical setting. We hypothesize that a more engaging tool, video brochures, will further improve health knowledge of COVID-19 in neurosurgery patients during their clinical visits.
Creator: Tavis Taylor
Education: University of Pittsburgh
Bio: Tavis Taylor has been a part of the research team since the beginning of 2018. He shifted gears towards research after completing his undergraduate program at the University of Dayton, majoring in English with a minor in Biology. During his time with the lab, he has contributed to numerous research projects and continues to work closely with others to advance the field.
Hospital Affiliation: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Department of Neurological Surgery
Advanced Degree(s): B.A.
Biography: Nitin Agarwal, MD, joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery residency program in July of 2014. Prior to matriculating into the residency program, Dr. Agarwal received his doctorate of medicine from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
Advanced Degree(s): M.D.
Biography: Megan Rode joined the team in 2020. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, where she majored in Natural Sciences with a Neuroscience concentration. Megan has worked on multiple research projects with a basic science focus on spinal cord injury over the past 4 years.
Advanced Degree(s): B.S.
COVID Problem We Address
Our company plans on solving patient education and health literacy involved with the COVID-19 virus. With our devices, caregivers, providers and patients can be ensured that they will be receiving truthful information that answers their questions involving different aspects of COVID-19 virus. This is particularly useful now, especially so with so many resources that are accessible to patients which may or may not provide factual information. This device will only benefit healthcare providers and patients, for it will provide comprehensive informational copy and video that addresses patients with difference levels of health literacy.
Our COVID Solution
Our COVID-19 health literacy video brochure presents a user-friendly interface that provides necessary information for understanding the COVID-19 virus. It presents factual information addressing symptoms, details regardin disease spread, and treatment methods, all of which are constructed to address patients with a wide range of literacy levels.
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