Today, patient education has become a major concern for the many health sector and pharmaceutical companies all over the world. The major reason behind this is because it is very important for every patient to understand the basic anatomy of the disease and drugs, so that it will make them aware of various common health disorders. Many medical institutes are highly spending on providing higher quality patient education through the audio/video ad’s, print media and online advertising.
Over the years, there is seen a huge rise in the patient education concern by many companies and Governments all over the world. It is also a known fact that 80% of the people fall ill simply because of their own lifestyle and habits. The idea behind patient education is to educate patients and even other people and make them aware of the probable causes of disease that they are prone to.
Her we can understand the importance of patient education:
Cut the health care spending:
Today health care spending has been dramatically increased for every family. As per the recent study, people are spending around 30% of their annual income for health care and medical emergencies. Another study reveals that this spending could be cut by up to 50% to 60% with proper patient education. That means the amount that people spending on health care can be utilized for several other things through good patient education.
Creating awareness: There are many diseases in the society that are airborne, that means viruses is carried by air and affecting the people who contacted the contaminated air. A good patient education will help people get rid of suffering from these diseases or viruses. A good patient education will also help in stopping spreading these diseases or viruses to other people.
Eradicating illness: One of the major goals of patient education is eradicating the common causes of illness from the society. There are still many countries in the world, especially poor countries that have been highly affected by most common diseases like Malaria, TB, Dengue and Dihherea etc. On the other hand, people are investing their time in researching making drugs for more critical diseases like cancer and AIDS.
The only thing which is lacking here is the lack of patient education. This is the reason why the occurrence of diseases like malaria, dengue etc is very rare in America and other developed countries, but are extreme in the countries of Africa. A good patient education is must in many African countries.
People in the USA are well aware of the consequences of the diseases and adapted greater hygiene to combat this disease. On the other hand people in Africa are yet unknown about the causes and symptoms of common diseases because of the lack of patient education.
Facilitating medical research: A good patient education will help researchers and scientists to develop better products and creating a healthier environment. This will also help many pharmaceutical companies to better launch their products through focused group discussions and surveys.
Overall, there should be more stress give to the quality patient education in health sector and more companies should come forwards in spreading the awareness of patient education in the society.
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