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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.

  • Agenda

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

    This program explains the goals of patient education as defined by the Joint Commission:

  • Education improves patient outcomes and helps patients become partners in their own healthcare.
  • Education promotes healthy behavior and lifestyles.
  • Education supports recovery.

    To meet these goals the Joint Commission focuses on:

  • Patient assessment.
  • Individualized teaching based on patient assessment.
  • Documenting all education provided.

    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:

  • Describe basic guidelines for teaching patients.
  • Describe seven critical areas that effective patient education needs to cover.
  • Explain how to perform a comprehensive educational assessment of a patient.

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