Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Research Roundup: 5 Ways to Deliver Patient Education

Five Ways to Promote Learning:

1. Make it fun with computer games or pictograms
2. Involve the whole family or caregivers
3. Use precise and concise information
4. Use trusted and "knowledgeable" sources
5. Create supportive and safe environments or relationships

Patient education is important, and doesn't need to be difficult. There are many ways of reaching people to educate, remind and encourage them to adhere. Simply providing information en masse is unlikely to have much effect, whereas clear and/or entertaining programs that include supportive personal contact are likely to be much more effective. Families, doctors, pharmacists, friends, teachers, etc. can all be involved in adherence education. Studies are increasingly showing that it is with these personal contacts that the greatest changes are likely to take place.

LINKs:
Patient Education, When Given, Improves Adherence
Health Literacy Effects Adherence
Schizophrenia Psycho-Education for Families
Heart Health and Familial Support
National Council on Patient Information and Education