The most effective way ...

The Internet has made it much easier for health care organizations to access and share patient education materials.  Handouts on all sorts of topics can be found, including some clearly written in non-technical terms patients can understand. Hospitals may also purchase packages of...

Three levels of evaluat...

There are three levels of evaluation of learning that we can apply to patient education: 1. Learning evaluation (Can they teach it back?) 2. Transfer evaluation (Can they apply what they’ve learned?  Did they apply what they’ve learned?) 3. Impact evaluation (Have health...

Using Twitter to spread...

Would you like to share disease-specific or health promoting information with your patients? Want to send them news of the latest research relating to their medical conditions? Want to link them to local resources that can support their care and quality of life? One easy method...

Patient Education is th...

Every health care provider I know can tell a story of how things went awry when a patient or caregiver did not understand directions. How often does a test or surgery need to be rescheduled because the patient is not appropriately prepared? How often do we assume the medicine isn’t...

What would other patien...

Do you ever feel like you’re all alone in your role? Do you ever wonder what other patient educators would do in your situation? Why not communicate with other patient educators around the country . . . and the world. . . through a listserve? A listserve is simply a list...

Follow @notimetoteach f...

Twitter can be a great, timely source of information you might not find in other ways. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can start one for free at www.twitter.com. Access it from your computer or telephone. You only have 140 characters for each Twitter posting,...

The words are familiar,...

The instructions for the email submission read: “No native files will be accepted.” Suddenly, I felt like I had a functional literacy problem. I understood the word “native.” I understood the word “files.” But I had no idea what a “native...

Evidence-based patient ...

The National Guideline Clearinghouse offers links to a number of government sources for handouts which are related to their guidelines. Find these links at: http://www.guidelines.gov/resources/patient-education.aspx

For links to the latest...

Did you know Twitter is not just about telling the world what you had for lunch? In addition to maintaining this website, I regularly tweet links to the latest in patient education. Follow me on Twitter @notimetoteach You can sign up for Twitter at www.twitter.com. You don’t...

Help patients know who ...

Sometimes when discharging a patient, either from the hospital, same-day surgery, or clinic, you notice he or she — may not remember who to call for follow-up — may not keep the paperwork with follow-up information where he or she could find it — may get confused by the number...

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