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Paediatric Project ECHO

What is Paediatric Project ECHO

Paediatric Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) aims to connect community-based health-care providers with specialists at SickKids, to build capacity in the community to care for paediatric patients. This model uses a combination of highly interactive videoconferencing, educational presentations, and hands-on workshops to enhance learning and build a supportive community of practice. Project ECHO will be launching in October 2017.

Paediatric Project ECHO at SickKids uses a combination of videoconferencing, educational presentations, and hands-on workshops to enhance learning and build a supportive community of practice. Participation offers community-based health-care providers with access to specialty training, mentorship, and support to deliver best-practice care to their patients. All Ontario health-care providers interested in learning about paediatric acute and chronic pain, bariatric care, complex care, and palliative care are invited to participate in this program at no cost.

Project ECHO: History and expansion

The ECHO model was developed by Dr. Sanjeev Arora in 2003, in response to the problem of high viral hepatitis rates in the rural, underserved, socially disadvantaged population of New Mexico. ECHO helped to connect the academic health centre in Albuquerque with rural clinicians eager to treat patients with the Hepatitis C Virus in their home communities. This model has been highly successful, and has been replicated over 100 times, across 20 countries worldwide (including Canada, Ireland, Uruguay, and India), all focusing on a range of medical issues (chronic pain, mental health and addictions, endocrinology and diabetes, rheumatology etc.). Participation in an ECHO program has demonstrated increased knowledge, empathy, and comfort in managing common and complex conditions. For more information about Project ECHO, visit: www.echo.unm.edu

Infographic about how Paediatric Project ECHO works