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Interactive education model helps create vision-friendly hospital

Release Date: November 7, 2011
Contact: Lisa Hildebrand - 608.442.3765 lisa.hildebrand@wismed.org

Madison, Wis. (November 7, 2011) – Health care workers who participate in an interactive learning experience are more likely to be sensitive to the needs of patients with low vision, according to a report in the current issue of WMJ (vol. 110, no. 5). The learning opportunity at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee was one component in the hospital’s interdisciplinary training about how low vision affects patients 65 and older.

Participants learned about and experienced the affect of aging and disease on the eye by wearing glasses that simulate macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. “The learners were able to use the simulations to experience the world of our patients,” the report said. In addition to eye anatomy, participants learned about diseases affecting the eye and how normal aging affects a person’s vision.

The learning opportunity was approved as “diversity training” – a yearly requirement for employees – and one-third of the medical center’s employees participated, including physicians, nurses and support staff. Participants completed pre- and post-training surveys, and there was statistically significant improvement in seven of the eight test questions.

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