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November 30, 2008

Do Not Resist…

Engage with grace slide…talking about DNR status with family and friends during the holiday season, according to Engage With Grace: The One Slide Project. The project’s goal is to ignite public interest in this difficult discussion. Their marketing is e-perfect: the project was introduced at last month’s Health 2.0 Conference by software developer Alexandra Drane, who related her inspiring family story. Word-of-mouth publicity is generated through the project’s interactive Web site and a rally of blog postings. To spread the word beyond the Web, they ask every professional lecturer, whatever the topic of their presentation, to close their talk with a final slide (see left), which lists five end-of-life questions designed to engage reflection and thoughtful discussion. The mainstream newspaper The Boston Globe published a front page article on the project last Wednesday, Talking Turkey About Death which is freely available online.



August 13, 2007

Safe kids

Using A Computer Kiosk to Promote Child Safety: Results of a Randomized, Controlled Trial in an Urban Pediatric Emergency Department, from this month’s Pediatrics, studied the effects of computers on parental education regarding safety issues in children. The study used Johns Hopkins’ Safety in Seconds program delivered on a  computer kiosk set up in their pediatric emergency department’s waiting room. After answering a few questions on the computer about their beliefs regarding child safety, parents then received a personalized report with ”tailored, stage-based safety messages” on selected topics that was, according to the study’s outcome measures, better read and acted upon by parents as compared to a boilerplate report given to a control group of parents. The patient population in this study was drawn from a lower income urban population, so they may have less access to computers without conveniently located, specially programmed kiosks—and so less access to their health information benefits, particularly the computer’s abilty to easily customize patient education, as this study demonstrates.



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