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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:...

What patient education ...

I just read this on the Internet. I won’t give the source because my intention is not to criticize them, but to inform you: “A successful patient education program has three main elements: – what to communicate – when to deliver it – how to deliver it” What...