patient education

Anatomy and physiology refresher – or patient information


If you have forgotten (or never really knew) all your muscle origins, insertions, innervations and actions – here is a fantastic animated site that can bring it all back in glorious colour and animations!!
Get Body Smart has interactive tutorials, animations, quizzes, and lots of fun for anyone who is interested in really know what each muscle does.

Recommended for peripheral and extremities rather than neck/spine (those haven’t been developed yet), it really is a fun way to show a patient how and why they are using different muscles, or why you’ve got them doing some exercises. A bit of understanding is a good thing – and it’s amazing how little people know about their own bodies.

The site has loads of information not just about muscles, but also about the Respiratory System, Muscle Tissue Physiology, the Nervous System etc.
It’s not an incredibly detailed or elaborate review, so it’s just great for people who want an overview, refresher or as I said, for patient education.
I also liked their links here that include both freely accessible sites, and those that require login.

Let me know what you think!

My blog’s readability stats!


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Hah! I’ve finally managed to dumb down my language to suit undergrads!! Yay!!

I’ve tried to keep my writing relatively simple and understandable – jargon drives me nuts but I know I can be verbose. Thanks to Dr Deb for her pointer to this wee tool – try it out on a website near you!

On a more serious note, it’s amazing how often we use jargon amongst ourselves and even with the people we work with. What exactly are ‘valued activities’, what is a ‘lived experienced’, why do we say ‘cognitions’, and what does a change of two points on an outcome measure actually mean?

I’ve just been writing an application for Ethics Approval, and trying to write out the information sheet and consent form using the wording that has been provided by the Ethics Committee…talk about jargon! I’ve been a fan of ‘plain english’ instead of gobbledygook for years and years – and still I see forms and patient information sheets that reek of long-winded doublespeak.

A plea from the heart – if you want to give information out to ‘the general public’, remember that brevity, being concise, and short, active, snappy sentences are much more likely to be read than pedantic, lengthy and passive tomes. Lots of white space, illustrations to make a point, and good use of bullet points make me want to read on.

And if you want a really great cartoon to make a point – take a look at Randy Glasbergen’s lot – they’re brilliant!

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