Choosing Wisely Canada Infographic
In collaboration with Dr. Stephanie VandenBerg and Choosing Wisely Canada, I had the opportunity to create an infographic that educated patients and healthcare professionals about a topic of my interest. This project increased my knowledge on health care culture, and allowed me to communicate this understanding to a wider audience, including healthcare professionals.
The overall message I wanted to communicate in my infographic was that routine imaging tests for low back pain are not always the best first choice for treatment or diagnosing options. Radiation from CT scans can easily cause certain extends of harm or manipulation to fragile spines. I chose this topic because it's the 5th most common reason that people go to the hospital within the United States, therefore it is important that patients become educated before coming to treatment options. Providing educational information to the patient and even to clinicians, enforces a healthier, more cost effective, quicker, and rational diagnosing and treatment processes.
Beginning my research, I first identified who my audiences were. My primary, secondary, and tertiary audiences are patients who experience low back pain, healthcare clinicians, and others who examine the infographic with minor relevance or mild interest in the topic, respectively.
The infographic is based on my gathered research from scholarly literature, as well as guidance from Dr. VandenBerg and my information design professors.
My main infographic is a decision map/flow chart because I wanted patients, who are in the beginning stages of coming to terms with their low back pain and discussing options with clinicians, to pay attention to every detail and step of recovery options. I wanted to highlight the assessment of low back pain because it helps patients clinicians rule out possibilities for cause.
Patient safety is incorporated into the information and data through stating the different types of treatments and alternatives to lumbar back imaging. Educational and relevant information is taken into account in order for patients to understand the circumstances and realities of lumbar back imaging. Quality improvement is important because it establishes a genuine and logical process for improvement and is demonstrated through the main flow chart. There is resource stewardship in the accuracy of data, as well as the variety of informational content for the patients to consume. My infographic can lead educational change through the awareness of treating lower back pain, and more importantly the understanding of unnecessary lumbar imaging and how that is not always the best first option for treatment.