Educating students from Vietnam and Bangladesh about the use of technologies in the support to patients with chronic illness is the purpose of a project that is coordinated by the Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and whose dissemination is led by the Nursing School of Coimbra (ESEnfC).
Aida Cruz Mendes, President of the School, welcomes the leaders of both Asian missions
Co-funded by European funds for cooperation projects, the project DigiCare - Educating students for digitalized health care and coaching of their patients integrates six university and hospital institutions from those countries that, in the beginning of February, sent their representatives to the School for work meetings in this scope.
This project foresees the creation of a pedagogical model – the DigiCare model – that consists of a set of “instruments, tools, pedagogical strategies, and competencies to empower nursing students, faculty, and professionals to support remotely patients with chronic illness”, explains Pedro Parreira, researcher at the School and the Health Sciences Research Unit: Nursing (UICISA:E), who is also involved in this project.
DigiCare will directly benefit three institutions from Vietnam (Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi Medical College, and Nam Dinh University of Nursing) and several other institutions from Bangladesh (City Medical College & Hospital, Khulna City Medical College & Hospital, and Universal Medical College and Hospital).
According to Pedro Parreira, another objective of the DigiCare project will be “to improve patient satisfaction by using digital technologies in their treatment”, which will shorten response times, avoiding the constraints of in-person visits.
With the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, Key Action Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Capacity Building in the field of higher education, this project will last three years (until 2022).
The representatives of the Nursing School of Coimbra are Pedro Parreira, Anabela Salgueiro-Oliveira, João Graveto, Paulo Costa, and Beatriz Serambeque.