Harvard Medical School faculty have developed a series of evidence-based online videos to provide clinical guidance to healthcare providers around the world and tackle misinformation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
The online platform – a collaborative effort between professors at HMS, clinical experts from several Harvard-affiliated hospitals, and Boston-based nonprofit partners in health – provides educational videos on prevention, diagnosis and the precise treatment of Covid-19. The series has been translated into seven different languages ââand was added to the Indian government’s online repository for pandemic-related information in October.
Anika T. Singh, a member of the HMS program, who led the project’s outreach in India, said the video series was created in part to provide accurate and up-to-date clinical information during the pandemic.
âAs a global community, what has been really difficult about Covid-19 is that it is such a dynamic and fluid situation that many people have not seen in their lives that the cyber community really needed to follow quickly, âSingh mentioned.
According to Singh, program organizers hope to fill gaps in global clinical training and other issues that arose during the pandemic, including misinformation about diagnostic tests, reluctance to vaccinate, and use of unapproved drugs.
“What we have seen in the Covid-19 pandemic is that there are global weaknesses in healthcare education, and these may have impacts on evidence-based implementation “Singh said.
HMS Dean for Research Operations and Global Programs David E. Golan said a major problem the video series sought to address was the global use of Covid-19 treatments which lacked scientific support.
âDrugs that were not used appropriately or as directed had entered the popular press and social media as potential cures for Covid,â Golan said.
In addition to combating the spread of disinformation about the pandemic, the initiative has released the videos to developing countries to help guide clinical practice in low-resource areas.
“A [focus] was how to treat critically ill patients in villages and communities where they can’t necessarily just walk down the street to a hospital, âGolan said.
Aiming to reach more rural populations in India, the initiative is translating the videos into several local dialects, according to Singh.
âWe want to share the information that we have here in a place like Harvard Medical School which is at the cutting edge of technology – the amazing work that people do, the amazing doctors that we have – and add that to what is being done. in these local areas, âSingh said.
Golan described a âspirit of collaborationâ that has enabled the growth of the video series and praised the efforts of professors at HMS, who have helped develop the online platform free of charge.
âI think the pandemic has really brought the scientific and medical community together, and my hope for the future is that these collaborations will be lasting – that people will realize a new way of doing science and a new way of thinking about medicine and to treat patients. “Golan said.
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