About the Authors
Together, Anne Belton and Nancy Simpson draw upon more than 50 years of experience teaching people about health and illness. They have developed health education processes and resources, designed workshops and programs sharing what they have learned about patient education.
The How To of Patient Education is not a textbook, although it includes references and identifies resources that can help you develop your teaching skills. The How To of Patient Education is a workbook that includes exercises and activities. When carrying out the learning activities, remember how important participation is. As you deliver education in your area of practice, organize these opportunities in such a way that encouraging people to participate becomes the hallmark of your professional practice.
Ms. Belton and Ms. Simpson believe that people should have easy access to effective education as part of the health care services they receive. They also believe that if the opportunities for learning are to be effective they must be delivered in partnership with the people they are intended to serve. The How To of Patient Education has been developed based on this philosophy.
About the 2nd edition
So whats changed since we first wrote The How to of Patient Education in 2003? There is a growing body of evidence that education is an integral component in delivering quality health care. The evidence continues to recognize that providing information to people does not bring about the behaviour change required to enhance lifestyle or to live with illness.
The past strategy of the health professional determining goals and expecting people to comply with recommendations continues to give way to the recognition that shared decision making and the personal goals of the individual must be the central focus of educational endeavors. In what is described as the patient/person centred model of health care delivery, the individual is not a passive recipient of treatment, but is a partner in determining the course of action. The person is the focus of consideration in exploring the individuals illness or disease experience and in finding common ground in determining a course of action.
In this edition we have again felt challenged by the passive role often associated with the role of patient. While health professionals continue to use the word, we recognize that people do not always think of themselves as patients. As one said, I am a patient when I am in hospital but the rest of the time I am a person with a chronic disease. We have contributed to these changing concepts by moving away from the word patient, recognizing that helping people learn takes place anywhere in the health care delivery system and at any time.
How to use this workbook
The How To of Patient Education is a workbook intended to help health care providers acquire and refine teaching skills.
The content of the workbook is presented in six modules. Each module contains:
about the topic
- activities to encourage you to apply the information
- suggested answers for the activities
Read the entire workbook then begin to work through the content and the activities. In each module, apply the information to your teaching. Take this opportunity to develop or refine the plan for patient teaching in your work setting. As you complete each of the subsections in Module 4 and Module 5, turn to Appendix 2 to develop a plan for your teaching.
We hope you will have as much satisfaction from patient education as we have had over the years. We wish you well in your practice of patient education.
Whats in the book?
Module 1: Establishing a foundation for patient education
Module 2: Communicating effectively
Module 3: Helping people learn
3.1 How adults learn
3.2 Learning styles
3.3 Behaviour change
Module 4: The teaching/learning process
4.2 Developing the plan
4.3 Putting the plan into action
4.4 Evaluating the learning outcomes
Module 5: Educational resources
Module 6: Documenting patient education
Appendix 1: Attitudes communicated non verbally
Appendix 2: Planning exercise
Appendix 3: Id like to know
Appendix 4: Skills check list
Appendix 5: Readability formula