Why does patient education matter?
How do we provide appropriate education?
What kind of education might patients require?
How can nurses participate in client education?
What information is considered appropriate?
How do we assess readiness to learn?
What do I need to promote positive and effective health-teaching?
Health-Teaching re: stroke – signs & symptoms, when to call 911, how to document that you’ve provided health-teaching
Patient education increases patient compliance
Client Education – why do we care?
– Informed decision-making i.e., benefits vs risks to treatment
– Helps patients engage in their own care, i.e., treatment compliance
– Reducing injuries such as falls & patient satisfaction
– Good communication
– Promoting excellence
– Supporting programs
– Ethical responsibility to teach clients
– Information is accurate, complete & relevant
– Identify what clients need
Readiness to Learn
– Motivation to learn
– Ability to learn (required assistance)
Positive Learning Environments
– Lights, warmth, technology access,
quiet, privacy, required resources
1. Teach Back Method (gold standard)
(i.e., return demo on injection pre-discharge)
2. Client Learning Styles/Preferences (virtual, in-person etc.)
3. Various Resources
Teaching is interactive
– Interpersonal communication
– Learner’s Needs
Providing patient education is important because it increases a patient’s ability and willingness to comply to treatment. Providing health-teaching allows patients to make informed decisions about their care and promotes higher patient satisfaction. As nurses, it is our responsibility to provide patients with the appropriate education and ensure that the information provided is evidence-based and accurate. It is also important to ensure learners have a safe, private, and comfortable space to learn. Furthermore, evaluating the effectiveness of learning is necessary to confirm that learning was successful.