One of nurses’ primary responsibilities is patient education. Fortunately, there are many resources on the principles and application of patient education. There are also many quality resources you can use to find and share appropriate materials that have been developed by others.
Communication skills are an important component in patient teaching. Here are some Web resources:
Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals The Health Resources and Services Administration offers a free, online course on methods to improve patient-provider communication. See their Effective Communications Tools for Healthcare Professionals for more information and to register.
Communicating with Patients: A Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians
This guide from a multidisciplinary team provides practical strategies on how to communicate with patients in today’s clinical environment.
Plain Language: A Promising Strategy for Clearly Communicating Health Information and Improving Health Literacy
The document from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a brief summary of topics on plain language and how plain language affects adults' understanding of health information.
Patient education in health and illness. 4th ed., by Sally H. Rankin, Karen Duffy Stallings, Fran London
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005.
Available in the Farley Library, Third Floor, RT90 .R35 2005.
Patient education: a practical approach. 2nd ed., by Kate Lorig.
Sage Publications, 1995.
Available in the Farley Library, Third Floor, R727.4 .L67 1995.
Effective patient education: a guide to increased compliance. 2nd ed., by Donna R. Falvo.
Aspen Publishers, 1994.
Available in the Farley Library, Third Floor, R727.4 .F35 1994.
The process of patient education. 7th ed., by Barbara Klug Redman.
Mosby-Year Book, 1993.
Available in the Farley Library, Third Floor, RT90 .R43 1993.
Managing hospital-based patient education, edited by Barbara E. Giloth.
American Hospital Association, 1993.
Available in the Farley Library, Third Floor, RA975.5.P38 M36.
Patient education : foundations of practice, edited by Karyl M. Woldum, et al.
Aspen Systems Corp., 1985.
Available in the Farley Library, Third Floor, RT90 .P372.