Have information come t...

Now that we have easy access to so much information through the Internet and social networking, many of us feel the pressure of time more acutely. Do you find yourself sitting at the computer too much, just trying to keep up? Then let the technology do more of the work! Rather than...

Free guide to help pati...

Looking for a way to engage patients in their own discharge planning? The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is now offering on its website: Taking Care of Myself: A Guide for When I Leave the Hospital. This is an easy-to-read booklet for patients to help them care...

Health Information in A...

Effective patient education requires communication. Patients appreciate care that is individualized and patient-centered. So if your patient is deaf and communicates with American Sign Language (ASL), here’s another resource: videos free from Medline Plus. Topics now available...

Do your patients not sp...

If your health care setting sometimes has you working with patients who don’t speak the same language as you, you know how frustrating it can be for everyone involved. What to do until the interpreter arrives? Well, the Department of Human Services of the State Government of...

Stay ahead of your pati...

Do patients come to you with the latest research in hand, asking you for specific diagnostic tests or treatments? Do you wish you heard about these things before they did? How do you provide patient education when they know more than you? Would you like to be better prepared, but...

Self-Care Awareness Wee...

I just learned that November 9-15, 2009 was Self-Care Awareness Week in the United Kingdom. It’s purpose was to raise awareness of the information and support available to help people, especially those with a long-term condition, take control of their own health and wellbeing...

MedlinePlus is now mobi...

A great source of evidence-based, up-to-date health information is MedlinePlus. This is now available as a site formatted for mobile devices. It’s not an application to download, but a website to bookmark for fast, accurate information on health topics, drugs, and health news,...

Help patients focus ...

When patients seemed overwhelmed by the quantity of information you’re providing in patient education handouts, help them focus by using a highlighter. As you discuss with your learners the key content they need to understand and remember, highlight it on the handouts. This...

Using Technology to Tea...

Have you seen videos of surgeries on YouTube?  Or a registered dietitian discussing vegetables on a podcast?  Have you heard about texting to remind patients to take their pills or measure their blood sugars? Health care is definitely delving into technology-mediated learning. ...

What is that RSS orange...

Do you ever wish the stuff you want to read on the Internet would come to you, instead of you going out to find it all the time? Well, if the website you’re looking at has an orange box with RSS or a wi-fi symbol in it, you’re in luck.  RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. Before...

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