Multimedia Patient Education Highlight: Cancer
EthnoMed and Healthy Roads Media, in collaboration with the Community House Calls Program at Harborview and its community partners, produced a series of handouts and Flash video slideshows in seven languages (Amharic, English, Khmer, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya and Vietnamese) that provide introductory information about several topics: biopsy procedures, cancer chemotherapy, prostate cancer and surgeries for breast cancer.
Cancer education was identified by the Community House Calls staff as a major area of need for EthnoMed content development. The program's Caseworker / Cultural Mediators (CCMs) served as advisors and narrators, community members provided linguistic/cultural input, and health care providers gave clinical input to develop the new education materials. The project also supports CCMs in utilizing iPads for delivering health education to patients and community groups.
The new materials are available for web viewing via both the EthnoMed and Healthy Roads Media websites. Healthy Roads Media is also hosting mobile video formats and an online survey to gather feedback for assessing the utility of these materials.
This project was funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-0008-C with the University of Washington. A special thank you to Safeway Foundation for its support to Harborview Medical Center’s EthnoMed for the development of cancer-related content.
Adherence Barriers to Antidepressants among an Urban Female Latino Population:
By Jessica Hallerman Price, MD Candidate (2014), George Washington University School of Medicine
Lack of adherence to antidepressant medication has been well documented as a major difficulty in the successful treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. While this has been a challenge across patient populations, it has been especially pronounced among the U.S. Latino population, which shows a rate of non-adherence almost 40% higher than the rate seen in the U.S. Caucasian population. In some studies, the rate of non-adherence ranges between 31% and 44% among Latinos (Lanouette et al., 2009).
A number of studies have focused on identifying risk factors for the low rates of adherence, but few have gone beyond theoretical barriers to incorporate insights from patients and health care professionals about intervention strategies. The author of this article interviewed patients, care providers, and other health care staff about this topic at a community health center in Seattle, WA to gain insight into the possible causes of decreased adherence to antidepressant medications among the urban Latino population in Seattle, WA, as well as to explore resource and intervention strategies to address those barriers. Read article...
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