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Network and Learn Septe...

As a health care professional working in patient education, don’t you ever just want to ask a colleague a question, or run an idea by someone who knows what you’re talking about? Well, the Health Care Education Association conference will give you an opportunity to meet...

If patient education is...

First, let’s agree on the goals of patient education. The learner is educated when he or she: — Has his or her questions answered — Understands enough to make informed decisions — Develops basic self-care skills to survive — Can recognize problems and how to respond If...

When your patient doesn...

What can you do when your patient refuses a diagnostic test? It depends. As I’ve said before, there is value in assessment and individualization. For example, a 51 year old woman reported months of having vertigo. Her doctor told her if the medicine he gives her does not work,...

Let the patient interru...

I just got a question via social media from a nursing student.  She didn’t understand why I said: when you are teaching, you should let the patient interrupt you rather than say, “Wait until I am done and then you can ask questions.” Because the evidence shows:...