As people age, they increasingly find it difficult to describe their health problems during a doctor’s visit. That makes it harder for the doctor to arrive at the correct diagnosis, which could lead to medical mistakes and a lack of trust between the doctor and the patient. With the online application Prepdoc, older patients can practice for the doctor’s visit on their computer or tablet, in order to be better prepared when they see a real doctor. The preliminary version of the tool will be presented in December 2018.
Before a doctor’s visit, elderly patients receive a brief training session on how to use Prepdoc, which includes talking with a virtual character. The practice helps them provide a better description of their situation during the actual consultation, which helps them build trust in their care provider. In so doing, Prepdoc contributes to better decisions regarding the desired care and treatment.