National Public Health Week is the first full week in April. This observance,
which was established by the American Public Health Association (APHA),
is intended to raise awareness about public health issues, science-driven
policies, and preventive wellness strategies. An integral component of
sound public health is patient education. As a hospital-driven to serve
its neighbors in the Thousand Oaks community,
Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center maintains its commitment to furthering patient education and public health.
Understanding Public Health
Primary care doctors, cardiologists, and other healthcare providers work
one-on-one with each patient to provide diagnostic services and treatment
recommendations. In contrast, public health focuses on the wellness of
the community as a whole. In public health, the primary emphasis is on
preventive health—in other words, reducing the risk of illness by
encouraging healthy behaviors. In fact, one might argue that public health
is patient education or community education in the sense that public health
providers raise awareness, inform public policies, and guide safety standards.
Exploring Patient Education
Although community-wide initiatives are important, patient education on
an individual scale is also crucial. Patient education is multifaceted;
it may involve informing a patient of the risks and benefits of a particular
procedure, helping the patient understand a condition or illness, and
explaining lifestyle modifications that can help manage or prevent a disease.
Health information empowers patients to become
active participants in their own wellness.
Improving Post-Operative Outcomes
Surgical intervention is typically thought of as being therapeutic, rather
than preventive. However, public health and its focus on preventive wellness
still come into play for patient populations affected by surgery. Some
patients recovering from surgery develop post-operative infections and
other complications, and may be re-hospitalized. By working closely with
surgery candidates to boost awareness of prevention strategies, healthcare
teams can support better outcomes. You can learn more about this when
you watch this featured video. You’ll hear from an administrator
at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. He describes how the team at
his hospital strives toward better patient education, especially for patients
who are anticipating surgery.
If you have general questions about health and wellness, you can speak
with a registered nurse by calling (877) 888-5746. Los Robles Hospital
and Medical Center is dedicated to
empowering patients to take charge of their health. At our community hospital in Thousand
Oaks, you’ll find exceptional cardiology care, emergency care, and