Patient education was once a job for physicians, but today's nurses assume most of the responsibility for educating patients and helping them. Patient education is the process by which health professionals and others impart information to patients and their caregivers that will alter their health behaviors. Once you have assessed your patient's needs, concerns, readiness to learn, preferences, support, and possible barriers to learning, you will.
Like our clinician-level materials, patient education topics are updated continuously, so they reflect the most recent medical literature. All patient education topics are written by professional medical writers, edited to adhere to readability standards, and reviewed by our in-house physician editors for clinical accuracy. The Beyond the Basics topics are also reviewed by an external physician author and section editor.
Thus, our patient education materials are current, accurate, and evidence-based. UpToDate patient education content meets patient-specific Meaningful Use Stage 2 criteria for readability and content. Electronic Health Record EHR systems that track the distribution of patient-specific educational resources for unique patients can use the UpToDate topics to meet Meaningful Use Stage 2 quality measures. Topics can typically be emailed directly to the patient, viewed on a patient portal, or printed at the point of care.
Please consult your UpToDate Account Manager to determine your license type and if your EHR system can use the HL7 Infobutton functionality to track the distribution of patient-specific education resources. We publish two types of articles specifically for patients: Short Communications - in any of the above categories will also be considered maximum words not including references and tables. Reflective practice - The Reflective Practice section includes papers about personal or professional experiences that provide a lesson applicable to caring, humanism, and relationship in health care.
We welcome unsolicited manuscripts. No abstract is needed. No section headings, no numbering. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by two reviewers.
For further information on the Reflective Practice section see: Hatem D, Rider EA. Patient Education and Counseling ; Please submit your article via http: This journal has partnered with Heliyon , an open access journal from Elsevier publishing quality peer reviewed research across all disciplines.
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Review them with patients to ensure they understand the instructions. Answer questions that arise. Some resources are available in several languages. Similar information may be provided by a range of techniques. In fact, providing education using different modalities reinforces teaching. Patients have different learning styles.
Find out if your patient learns best by watching a DVD or by reading. A hands on approach where the patient gets to perform a procedure with your guidance is often the best method.
It's essential that patients understand why this is important. Establish rapport, ask and answer questions, and consider specific patient concerns. For example, some patients may want detailed information about every aspect of their health condition.
Others may want just the facts, and do better with a simple checklist. Does the patient have physical, mental, or emotional impairments that impact the ability to learn? For example, they may need large print materials. If the patient is hearing impaired, use visual materials and hands on methods instead of simply providing verbal instruction.
Always have patients explain what you taught them. Consider factors such as fatigue and the shock of learning a critical diagnosis when educating patients. Involving family members in patient teaching improves the chances that your instructions will be followed.
Patient Education Reference Center
Lippincott NursingCenter offers free patient education that is accurate and thorough for both patients and caregivers. UpToDate provides more than 1, patient education topics, plus more than 1, translated into universal Spanish, that facilitate clinician-patient. Patient education programs are a critical step for empowering patients to take an active role in their health and wellness. As you build your.