Words of AD Wisdom is a series that features tried-and-true practices from AD experts. Our guest blogger this week is Chirag Rathod, PharmD, a NaRCAD Facilitator and Academic Detailer at Illinois ADVANCE.
Tags: Detailing Visits, Evidence Based Medicine, Materials
Simplify your messaging!
Prior to your detailing visit, think about ways to slow down and limit the amount of information you share with the clinician so that the visit is of most value to them. You can do this by asking focused needs assessment questions and providing the clinician ample opportunities to speak and engage in the conversation.
Focus. Focus. Focus.
Resist the urge to cover too much content in your detailing aid during an AD visit. A more focused discussion on one section of your brochure can be more fruitful than trying to cover every key message during a single visit.
Open-ended questions will set you free!
There is limited usefulness in asking closed-ended questions (e.g., confirming something about the clinician’s practice). The use of open-ended questions can help you gain layered insight into the clinician’s practice and tailor the visit to them. Asking open-ended questions allows opportunities for the clinician to speak about their experiences in detail and for you to listen and deliver supportive, relevant key messages.
Prime your “AD Kitchen.”
In cooking shows, hosts show you how to prep a meal, pulling out the final, cooked meal from the oven in the following scene. For an AD visit, you should think about how you can prep your ‘ingredients’ for clinicians by making sure you’re well-versed in your materials and are ready to teach your clinicians how to adopt something practical and usable into their practice. Have a tool to share? Test it in advance of your visit, so you can confidently demonstrate effective use of the tool, leaving more time to discuss applying the tool successfully in practice with patients.
Want more tips?
Stay tuned for the next installment in our Words of AD Wisdom series, and reach out to the NaRCAD team, subscribe to our network, or check out our discussion forum to hear more tips and ways to prime your AD kitchen for an efficient visit!
Biography. Chirag is a clinical pharmacist, academic detailer and instructor with Illinois ADVANCE at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). He graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University in 2012 and has been working at UIC ever since. During his time at UIC, he has been involved in a number of collaborations with the College of Pharmacy, College of Dentistry, and College of Medicine in addition to teaching Medical Improv, which utilizes the techniques of improvisation to improve communication skills amongst current and future healthcare practitioners.
He has also been focused on academic detailing, including program planning, presentations to recruit organizations, creating educational material, training staff, facilitating role plays and providing individualized feedback, and detailing prescribers. He trained with NaRCAD in 2019 during their Spring Training Series to develop his skills as an academic detailer and has also presented at the NaRCAD annual conference. His interests include performing improv, podcasting, sports and hanging out with his sister’s dog. Fun fact: Chirag hiked Mount Kilimanjaro in February of 2022.
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