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Before you teach patien...

A colleague asked, “Anyone have or can point me to a curriculum outline or manual for teaching patient ed skills to nurses or APCs?” It may sound self-serving, but you might want to use my book No Time to Teach: The Essence of Patient and Family Education for Health Care...

Don’t confuse the...

I just read an article on what patient education can and cannot do, which baffled me until I realized the premise was the problem. The author assumed teaching tools were patient education. Apparently, not everyone knows that paper doesn’t teach, people do. In summary, the...

Inconsistencies...

When a surgery is scheduled, health insurance agrees to pay for medical imaging and lab tests that inform the surgeon of the conditions he or she will encounter. These help the surgeon assess the situation before beginning surgery, leading to better outcomes. However, this approach...

Are pictographs the ans...

Pictographs or pictograms are commonly used in discharge teaching instructions to convey medication use. But do patients with low health literacy skills understand them? One study considered this. Their goal was to send reminder pictographic messages to people on their cell phones...