Reducing health disparities: Bar Ilan Medical School's care transition service

Marc Rivo, Mary Rudolf, Sivan Spitzer-Shohat, Micky Weingarten, Barbara Schuster, Robert Schwartz, David Nash, Mina Silberberg

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-534
Number of pages2
JournalThe Lancet
Issue number10120
StatePublished - 10 Feb 2018

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Since its inception, the BIU-MS has focused on development of an innovative curriculum focused on health disparities. We share our work at BIU-MS with ETGAR, a programme directed by the Department of Population Health at BIU-MS and funded by Israel's Council of Higher Education. ETGAR, the Hebrew word for challenge, stands for health literacy, support, and creation of a bridge between medicine and community. In the ETGAR programme, medical students are trained in health literacy, cultural competence, and community support to deliver a hospital outreach programme for disadvantaged patients at the point of hospital discharge to ensure their health needs are met. In the pilot study of 158 patients, 3,4 50% of patients were shown to benefit from clarification of hospital instructions and 33% from discovery of medication discrepancies. 90% believed ETGAR was a crucial service. ETGAR is now a required course, with 180 medical students trained and working with preceptors in five teaching hospitals in Safed, Nahariya, Poriyah, and Nazareth. Importantly, ETGAR enriches the skills of Israel's future physicians to address health disparities in diverse populations.

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