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Meeting the information needs of patients - information about medications (3)

I fully agree with you that patients comply better when they are informed, moreover, there is a difference between Over The Counter (OTC's) and prescription drugs. If pharmacies are run by qualified professionals there is NO WAY a patient can get prescription drugs without a prescription.

Meeting the information needs of patients - information about medications (2)

I think this is not only a problem in the developing world, but also in the developed world patients are often not given full information of the drugs they are prescribed such as side effects, interactions etc. In my view it is a global issue.

Meeting the information needs of patients - information about medications

I have always been puzzled by what goes on in the clinics, particularly, in private practice where patients are not given complete information regarding the medications they are taking and their treatment. When medications are prescribed, the necessary information are shrouded in mystery that only the doctor, nurse or pharmacist can understand. All the patient is told is the frequency of administration; ie, the number of tablets to be taken in a day and in some cases for specific length of time.

Positive Practice Environments (PPE): Access to healthcare information (8)

In response to Alex's comments, Is there a case to be made for notions of empathy/vulnerability in terms of WHY practices would improve or what needs to happen, in addition to the provision of accurate and robust information, to change practice? For example, if people (such as community health workers) share their own stories, might they develop more empathy, for patients, for themselves?

Looking ahead to the HIFA 2010 Challenge: what do you think the focus should be? (32) The role of churches and religion in health information (5)

I was once involved in Community Health Evangelism and I found out that the church leaders are very favourable media for Primary Health Care/Community Based Health care but much has not been done to help them. The church leaders concentrate on spiritual nurturing but not well aware of physical and mental care. However the need seems to be taken by several Faith Based NGOs now.

The role of churches and religion in health information (4)

Though I believe in the power of religion in driving, making and sustaining changes in any community. This seems quite perfect not only for dissemination of health information, but more importantly in making this information vivid through making it practiced by the followers. However, the true picture is that the religious leaders remain the means of communicating the key health messages. They are not as neutral as the health or religious messages they carry. They have their perceptions, view points and their biases, whether they know or not, and whether they admit it or not.

The role of churches and religion in health information (4)

Though I believe in the power of religion in driving, making and sustaining changes in any community. This seems quite perfect not only for dissemination of health information, but more importantly in making this information vivid through making it practiced by the followers. However, the true picture is that the religious leaders remain the means of communicating the key health messages. They are not as neutral as the health or religious messages they carry. They have their perceptions, view points and their biases, whether they know or not, and whether they admit it or not.

Looking ahead to the HIFA 2010 Challenge: what do you think the focus should be? (30) The role of churches in health information (3)

Faith leaders are proving to be good stakeholders in raising awareness and indeed contributing in some instances as part of the treatment process for individuals. Given that Churches in e.g. Africa have a big following this might just be one of the areas to target. I would also say that this could be a brilliant avenue for recruiting more people/volunteers to support health care workers!

Looking ahead to the HIFA 2010 Challenge: what do you think the focus should be? (29) The role of churches in health information (2)

Churches are very much an underused resource and with many of these issues having a moral/ethical dimension it is vital that Churches should engage in shaping future polices and initiatives

Looking ahead to the HIFA 2010 Challenge: what do you think the focus should be? (28) The role of churches in health information

And what about targetting churches? They command a lot of respect and a large following and they can easily organise meetings to educate their followers if they are approached so long as the church leaders are convinced that the project is in the good interest of their followers and the communities around them.

That way, basic health information is able to reach a large group who are responsible for the health care of the communities, especially in the rural areas.

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