Should discharge planni...

You have an opportunity to comment on proposed rule by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. But you have only 60 days from November 3, 2015 to comment. For clarity and accuracy, I am quoting the sources directly on the description of this proposal. “The proposed...

Time to talk about pati...

Want to meet and talk to others who work in patient education? Your best opportunity is the Health Care Education Association conference held October 15-17, 2015 in Indianapolis. Here’s a brief video preview: http://video214.com/play/NH489MORQW8EhCRfkU48Fw/s/dark Learn more...

Share what you’ve...

It’s time to submit your abstract for the 2015 Health Care Education Association conference in Indianapolis, IN, October 15 – 17, 2015. The deadline for online abstract submissions is March 19, 2015. The 2015 program is focused on patient engagement and how educators...

Teach back is still und...

Teach back has been in the literature for almost 20 years, yet we still don’t use it enough. Here are the conclusions from a national survey of plastic surgeons: “Formal assessment of health literacy is rarely performed, as most plastic surgeons use a general impression....

No Time to Teach is on ...

Need a small but significant gift for your friends who work in health care? My publisher, Pritchtt & Hull is offering a special sale price on the current edition of No Time to Teach: The Essence of Patient and Family Education for Health Care Providers from now through the end...

Involve multiple senses...

Back in 1996 Doak, Doak, & Root devoted a chapter to Visuals and How to Use Them. They gave lots of reasons to add illustrations to the text of patient teaching materials, and explained why they are important, including: “Everybody understands and remembers better when...

Cost-Effective Evidence...

Yes, here it is: A cost-effective, evidence based innovation in patient education that facilitates patient engagement and individualization of care, while addressing health literacy issues. It was invented by nurses at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 2006, tested and refined, copyrighted...

Effective communication...

Have you been frustrated by the diversity of your patients lately? Do they seem culturally, economically, and educationally different than in the past? Do they even speak the same language as you? How can you provide health care equity to such a diverse population? If you feel a little...

Videos at Patient Educa...

When more senses are involved in learning, more connections are made to the information, facilitating retrieval.  This website is one way I disseminate the latest research on how to provide patient and family education.  I also spread this information by video, which involves additional...

Are you selectively usi...

I’ve frequently discussed the value of teach back in evaluating a patient’s understanding. If the patient doesn’t understand or misinterprets your teaching, instructions may not be followed correctly and the risk for errors increases. Teach back lets you know if...

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