High school science fairs remind us that the highest form of learning is teaching. I still recall the drug abuse exhibit I created with friends in Grade 10, using The Who's Baba O'Riley as our soundtrack, like it was yesterday. When we try to teach patients about their condition, medication and adherence plan, we should remember that they can also teach others. I know of one MS drug that has had a lot of success in getting informed patients to help uninformed patients. The appeal to a lot of people is not in helping themselves, but in being enabled to help others.
In fact, a study whose results we summarized in the January edition of Dots, showed that patients respond very well to being taught and motivated by other patients.
Learning over time - how we change:
The Learning Pyramid