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Health education films reduce GP visits

Health education films reduce GP visits

Publication date: Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Contributor(s): Jeremy Bray

Around 88% of people looking to book GP appointments in the West Leicestershire area say they no longer plan to visit after seeing self-management videos.

The patient survey data shows that after viewing materials 88.65% of respondents reduced their GP visits. In addition, patients reported that appointments which they had booked but not turned up to, also fell by 80%. This could have a huge impact on funding for health services due to cost of GP appointments.

Rosie Runciman, co-founder of The Sound Doctor who make the films, said, “We are delighted to be working with West Leicestershire CCG for the fourth year running. Their commitment to the self-management agenda is very impressive and they are ideal partners to work with to ensure that patients really benefit from the information we provide. With around 300 films covering COPD, diabetes, dementia, back pain, weight management surgery and heart failure, there is an unparalleled library of practical advice and information ranging from exercises you can do in your sitting room to gadgets you can use around the home to an in-depth understanding of your condition and how it progresses.”

The overall aim of the team behind The Sound Doctor is to enhance the quality of life of patients with long-term conditions by giving them a better understanding and easy access to the best possible advice.

Local GP Dr Darren Jackson said, “I’m struck by the effectiveness of the contribution The Sound Doctor’s team make. It is a very popular resource for us and for our patients and provides an effective way of providing information to large numbers of people at low cost.”

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Category: Have You Heard
Edition: Volume 2 Number 12 PCCJ Online 2017
Contributor(s): Jeremy Bray

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