Original Article

Health School at Home: Multiple stakeholders integrated health employee, patient, and caregiver education school (EVSO) project


Ahmet Deniz Ucar, Sema Aktolga, Mehmet Yildirim

Izmir Bozyaka Training and Research Hospital, Izmir, Turkey


Abstract


Background: Home care is very important in patients with chronic diseases after discharge. In this process, patients' relatives and caregivers also have an important responsibility. For this reason, it is vital to provide education to patients' relatives. In this study, a series of education programs under the name of Health School at Home was organized and its effectiveness was searched.
Methods: This project was performed between September 2018 and November 2019 in our tertiary level hospital. Before and after the education, a questionnaire included demographic features and questions to measure knowledge about the patient care were administered to the participants. The education materials were presented by the trainers within one hour. After the meeting, brochures and calendars were distributed to increase awareness.
Results: A total of 61 meetings were held with 712 participants. Sixty of the meetings were held in our hospital and one in an external hospital. During the project, 53 diabetic foot meetings were held. An average of 8.56 people attended these meetings. The cumulative average rate was 60.9% in the pre-test, and 95.3% in the post-test. There was a significant improvement in the test results after the education meetings (p<0,001).
Conclusions: These findings provide exciting directions for awareness of the caregivers of the patient. Health School at Home is of particular significance as at present there is currently no such dedicated program for patients with chronic illness and bedridden.

Keywords: education; home care services; public health