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The beneficiaries of the project will be patients that require the use of clinical skills for a given medical condition. Medhance has benefits for each, which the current methods do not provide. There are a vast number and a range of patient requiring different clinical skills thus it cannot be quantified into a single figure but this is a huge potential audience.
Medhance will also benefit patients who are poorly educated, in a low socio-economic class, in an ethnic minority speaking little English or require a carer. Even though it takes these patients into account, it is aimed at all patients requiring the use of a clinical skill no matter what their background is. Thus could potentially have a dangerous result of not knowing how to perform their clinical skill correctly, due to not having suitable and validated resources targetted to them. While patients who are well educated or in a high socioeconomic class have access to a wider range of facilities along with better understanding. This is reflected, not just across the UK but throughout Europe.
For patients who are poorly educated, the features in Medhance are perfectly suited to them. So if they are not able to read or have poor literacy skills along with poor understanding of complex medical terminology, then the patient can be shown how to perform the clinical skill via a video, which they can watch at their own pace or repeatedly if they wanted to.
For patients who are in a lower socio-economic class and cannot afford the access to advanced resources, Medhance does not charge them. This is because the content is free as the healthcare provider covers the cost for a small fee. This allows them to have the same benefits as higher socio-economic classes.
For patients who are from ethic minorities and do not speak much English, Medhance overcomes this barrier by making the information available in several languages. Thus having the information already translated does not make them rely on translators or using relatives as translators, which can be life-threatening when used for medical information.
For patients who require a carer such a specific elderly patients, Medhance allows there carers to use this if they were not present when showed the skill. It also has advantages for patients who are affected by more than one medical condition and require the use of several clinical skills. This allows the easy access for them, as the information is in one place. Thus Medhance will be a useful resource for these patients.
There are several recipients of Medhance who will take advantage of its features and will have a social impact on them as medical education tool. This impact will empower patients by enhancing their knowledge, quality of care and overall health outcomes. Therefore, also preventing hospital admissions and reducing the number of emergency department attendees. Most importantly it will improve their quality of lives.