What is Paediatric Project ECHO?
Paediatric Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) aims to connect healthcare providers, to build capacity 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.
Paediatric Project ECHO focuses on improving the management of paediatric acute and chronic pain, obesity management, complex care, and palliative care throughout the province of Ontario. These conditions have a large disease burden, and many of these children can and should receive care in their local community because they often do not require specialized medical tests.
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
Project ECHO: Ontario
Project ECHO is a global initiative. To learn about other Project ECHO efforts within Ontario, visit www.echoontario.com.