LITTLE ROCK —Health care providers in five Arkansas counties are invited to participate in a program offered free of charge by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) designed to improve doctor-patient communication.
The How to Talk to Your Doctor program will be provided to clinics and hospitals in Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, White and Van Buren counties thanks to a more than $60,000 donation from BHP, an Australia-based global resources company with shale operations in Arkansas.
Offered by the UAMS Center for Health Literacy, the How To Talk to Your Doctor program was developed to help patients better prepare for visits with their primary care doctors. A companion program for parents – How to Talk to Your Child’s Doctor, is under development and will be offered in the future, thanks to the BHP donation. Health care providers interested in participating in the program may contact Alison Caballero at (501) 686-5463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After engaging in the program, patients reported improved confidence in completing medical forms, communicating with their doctor and understanding their doctor’s instructions. Benefits also may include increased patient satisfaction and engagement, such as improved adherence to preventive care, follow-up visits and immunization schedules.
BHP is a leading global resources company whose purpose is to create long-term shareholder value through the discovery, acquisition, development and marketing of natural resources. BHP’s Petroleum business has exploration, development, production and marketing activities in countries around the world, including significant positions in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, onshore U.S., Australia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Across our global operations, we are committed to working in ways that are true to our BHP Charter values of sustainability, integrity, respect, performance, simplicity and accountability.
UAMS is the state’s only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; northwest Arkansas regional campus; statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Myeloma Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging and Translational Research Institute. It is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. UAMS has 2,834 students, 822 medical residents and six dental residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses throughout the state, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.