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Taking design to heart with Dr. Noah Ivers

February 5, 2018

By Anne Coffey

For patients who have had a heart attack, clinical guidelines strongly recommend proper cardiac rehabilitation and medications to help reduce the risk of a recurrence. However, data from an Ontario research study shows that 12 months after patients experience a heart attack, their adherence to medications drops by 50 per cent and only 30-40 per cent actively choose to participate in cardiac rehabilitation.

In the long run, these treatments improve health outcomes for patients and reduce rates of readmission and mortality.

That is why researchers at the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV) are looking into whether enhanced communication with patients will help to advance their understanding of recommended treatments and lead to better health outcomes.

Under the leadership of Dr. Noah Ivers, Innovation Fellow at WIHV and scientist at Women’s College Research Institute, WHIV worked with cardiac patients and a design firm to produce carefully crafted educational materials that encourage patients to keep up with their treatments and stay healthier in the long run.

Learn more about how working closely with the design world is closing health gaps by watching the WHIV Innovation Report video below.

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