HealthWare Systems Blog
on Thursday, November 1, 2018
Increasing preventive screenings for men at your facility can save patients’ lives. “Movember” is the perfect time to start working toward this goal.
Consider these ideas for increasing preventive screenings for men at your facility:
Educate your patients. Patients may be unclear on the correct or most-up-to-date recommendations for preventive screenings and may not realize when it is time for them to start discussing these topics with their doctor. Make sure your clinicians initiate the conversation when patients reach the proper age to begin making decisions about testing in case patients forget.
Improve patient engagement with preventive health by utilizing social media in healthcare. Share preventive health tips, educational materials, and powerful statistics demonstrating the importance of early detection of male health issues.
(Check out our previous blog for more information on male patient engagement.)
Ensure patients are aware that most health plans are required to cover the cost of many preventive screenings (when performed by an in-network provider). Highlight the fact that most plans cannot charge a copayment or coinsurance for these services even if the patient has not met his yearly deductible yet. Instruct patients to check with their insurance company. Additionally, help patients find out if they qualify for financial assistance and facilitate the application process for them.
Use their time in the waiting room as an opportunity to reach your patients. For example, print educational materials on the back of wayfinding maps. If you use a lobby display screen or patient notification board, feature male preventive health facts periodically throughout your rotation of announcements. Or, incorporate moustaches into the backdrop of your screen to draw more attention to Movember and male health issues.
Accommodate your patients. Allow for evening and weekend appointments. Besides providing interpreters and educational materials in various languages, train staff to understand how culture affects health and healthcare decisions. Don’t let inconvenience or cultural barriers stand in the way of accessing preventive health care.
Talk to female patients about preventive screenings for men. Women make approximately 80% of household healthcare decisions. Since women can have such a large impact on male health, clinicians may want to bring up the topic when meeting with female patients. This could trigger a reminder for female patients to schedule appointments for their loved ones, or simply provide them with pertinent preventive health information to pass on to the men in their lives.
Start the Movember Healthcare Challenge at your facility. Compete against others in your industry to raise money to improve male health through the Movember Foundation. Raise awareness by growing a (or wearing a fake) moustache! Use the hashtag #Movember when you share the pictures on social media.
Most of the above ideas can be implemented all year long! Increasing preventive screenings for men is an important goal to strive toward and November is a great time to start.