ACP releases new learning activity focusing on socioeconomically disadvantaged patients

‘Caring With Compassion’ is free to the medical community

Philadelphia, March 26, 2019 – The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released Caring With Compassion, a free online learning activity focusing on care for socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

“Caring with Compassion helps clinicians and educators use team-based skills and bio-psychosocial models of care to provide personalized care for at-risk patients, including homeless, uninsured, and underserved patients,” said Davoren Chick, MD, FACP, ACP’s senior vice president of medical education.

The curriculum is designed to support independent, self-directed learning through three main components: online modules, a learning game called "Care Consequences," and a collection of implementation resources.

“Caring With Compassion supports core knowledge regarding social determinants of health, the U.S. public health care system, effective team-based care, and biomedical conditions that disproportionately affect homeless persons.” Dr. Chick said.

The new learning activity reflects ACP’s policy paper, “Addressing Social Determinants to Improve Patient Care and Promote Health Equity,” which addresses ways to improve patient care and health outcomes, and to overcome the special challenges associated with adverse conditions in which people are born, grow, work, and live.

Caring With Compassion is free to the medical community. ACP members are eligible for free CME after completing the activity. Users must create a personal account for the site, which provides each user with an individualized learning dashboard. Educators may access a complete instructor’s guide, and additional resources include a clinical application tool.

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