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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...

The 2nd Edition of No T...

No Time to Teach: The Essence of Patient and Family Education for Health Care Providers was published in 2009, with great success. As I’ve said many times, the evidence in the field of patient education has been very consistent: the most effective and efficient teaching methods...

Assessment saves teachi...

I often say you can save teaching time with assessment.  It appears to add time to the process, but assessment gives you information that allows you to individualize teaching to the needs of the learner. A generic lecture can include information that contradicts what the learner...

A Call to Action: We N...

After saving lives, our most important service is patient and family education. This is because most health care is self-care. If we don’t impact self-care behaviors, we can’t impact health outcomes. I propose we need to identify the evidence-based interventions and disseminate...