Statistics from recent studies show that a high percentage of patients leave physicians' offices and hospitals without understanding the instructions their caregivers gave them. In one study of 3,000 adult patients tested for their health literacy, 41% of them did not understand simple directions for taking medications on an empty stomach.
To truly understand the caregiving instructions that can speed their recoveries and even save their lives, patients depend on health workers to have a command of basic educational technique. As much as any complex medical material, sound teaching skills are the foundation for successful patient care.
To complete this course, you must do the following:
This program explains the goals of patient education as defined by the Joint Commission:
To meet these goals the Joint Commission focuses on:
The purpose of this program is to provide nurses with an understanding of the role and importance providing appropriate patient education has in contributing to the healing and improved health of their patients.
After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
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