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When anthrax hit the headlines, The Patient Education Institute at the University of Iowa in Iowa City accelerated the development of its module on anthrax and added a section on bioterrorism.
"Anthrax by itself is a rare infectious disease and it had a low priority on our list of modules under development for our X-Plain learning system," says Moe Ajam, PhD, company president.
Once completed, the interactive program was made available to organizations to download onto their web sites so that the public could be more easily educated.
There are several ways health care and corporate staff can use the Anthrax and Bioterrorism module, says Ajam. His suggestions include the following:
As the public clamors for information, the need to act quickly is vital for patient education managers. Staff need reliable information so they can address consumers’ questions quickly. Here are a few more contacts to aid you in your search:
For information to help consumers cope with the psychological aspects of bioterrorism try the following web sites:
For more information about the educational module on anthrax produced by The Patient Education Institute, contact: