Follow @notimetoteach for the latest news in patient education

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, called a Tweet. The #, called a hashtag, is used to aid searching — you can search Twitter for terms like “#patienteducation” or “#healthliteracy”

One way I’m using Twitter is to link to recent research relating to patient and family education. For example, here are Tweets I have scheduled to appear in the coming week:

http://tinyurl.com/27cz654 Relationship between treatment adherence and clinical outcomes in patients on maintenance hemodialysis. #nursing

http://tinyurl.com/2fyxueo Addressing patients’ concerns about pain management and addiction risks. #patienteducation #nursing #healthcare

http://tinyurl.com/2fzkope No, you need a conversation to ensure understanding. #healthliteracy #evidencebasedmedicine #healthcare

http://tinyurl.com/27o5jwt Patients’ beliefs about the cause of their depression: only 3.6% stated biological reasons. #patienteducation

http://tinyurl.com/235oroy Comprehensive discussions about chronic medications are uncommon in routine practice. #evidencebasedmedicine

http://tinyurl.com/2embdxo Health literacy screening questions can be used to triage patients at risk for not reading. #healthliteracy #pted

http://tinyurl.com/29ckgvs Postoperative patient education: what type of approach and mode, and at what dose? #patienteducation #surgery

Are you using Twitter now? If so, follow me @notimetoteach. Let me know what your Twitter handle is, too, so I can follow you.

If you want to learn more about Twitter, you can download the booklet, Twitter for Beginners from http://socialmediadiyworkshop.com/2010/02/ebook-twitter-for-beginners/

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