Diagnosketch is a visual aid to explain medical diagnoses to patients at the bedside. It uses simplified images to illustrate complicated anatomy and concepts. The title, ‘Diagnosketch’ combines the term ‘diagnosis,’ with the term, ‘sketch,’ paralleling the way the book combines a medical diagnosis with a simplified sketch. It includes common pathologies seen in an acute care setting, especially ones that are easier to explain with pictures.
Many American patients are unfamiliar with human anatomy and common medical diagnoses. Research from the US Department of Education estimates that only 12 % of English-speaking adults in the US have proficient health literacy skills. Studies indicate that almost 90% of adults have difficulty understanding health information that is currently available. These patients are often unequipped to make important decisions about their own health care.
Diagnosketch improves health care literacy for the non-medical population. It simplifies human anatomy and pathophysiology into memorable, understandable images. It relies on the concept of ‘picture superiority effect.’ Picture superiority effect states that HEARING information will lead to 10% retention of the content, but HEARING and SEEING information leads to 65% retention of content. Diagnosketch not only explains difficult concepts to patients but also helps patients remember them.
“Diagnosketch serves as the visual guide that medical professionals use with every patient at the bedside. Excellent medical care involves diagnosing and treating disease, but just as importantly, communicating well with patients. Diagnosketch helps achieve this goal.”
A few things to remember about the images:
|IMAGES ARE||IMAGES ARE NOT|
Geared for the patient’s understanding
(health literacy is at 2nd-3rd grade level)
|Geared for the medical professional|
(for clinical relevance)
|Realistic and drawn to scale|
Meant to be understood in 2-3 minutes
at the bedside
|Meant for detailed, sit down and study|
at a desk
Based on questions patients really ask
|Comprehensive to cover all |
aspects of a disease process
What a patient needs to know
Diagnosketch will be published by Oxford University Press May 2022, Please stay tuned.