Since its launch in 1988, the World Health Organisation’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative has reduced worldwide polio incidence by 99%.
While this is great news, there are 12-20 million people worldwide living with the sequelae of polio:
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is characterised by a new deterioration in function after a long period of stability; usually in excess of 15 years. The key symptom is muscle fatigue and weakness, but generalised fatigue, pain and respiratory compromise can also occur.
In the UK, there are around 120,000 people living with the effects of polio. To improve the detection of PPS and ensure good quality follow-up, a ‘5 minute to change your practice’ screencast can introduce general practitioners to the topic and increase awareness.
The Royal College of General Practitioner’s award winning online learning environment (OLE) has the reach to deliver continuous professional development to all members of the primary care team.
Written by GPs, for GPs, the OLE’s content can create real impact for patients who are suffering from PPS and incentivise the primary care team to intervene early to prevent worse outcomes. Together with the RCGP we are proposing to develop a RCGP-badged screencast on the topic of PPS available for free to all UK health care professionals (e.g. practice nurses, pharmacists, healthcare assistants).