Patient education involves healthcare professionals teaching patients about their health so they may better understand their condition. Patients can be educated in health or non-health environments, and in a formal or non-formal manner. The overall aim of patient education is to improve individual health as well as enhance the performance of the healthcare industry as a whole. Here are some of the benefits that patient education provides.
Increased patient understanding
Patient education ensures that patients are well-informed about their own health. This could mean teaching them about the side-effects of their condition, discussing their diagnosis, going through possible treatment options or looking at ways to prevent their condition from deteriorating. This level of understanding could reduce a patient’s anxiety and could also build trust between patient and care provider; what’s more, an increased understanding puts patients in a better position to make informed decisions regarding their healthcare.
More active approach to healthcare
An educated patient may also be able to self-manage certain elements of their care. Obviously there will always be certain aspects of care that only professionals can administer, but some elements could be managed by the patient, which would relieve some of the burden from providers.
Enhanced motivation and better outcomes
If a patient is well educated on their condition, they will no doubt understand what goals they need to work towards in order to improve their health. In this case, educated patients could be more motivated to reach certain healthcare goals, which would in turn improve their overall health more quickly and more efficiently.
Improved healthcare system
Educating patients on their health will no doubt have a positive effect on healthcare organizations as a whole. Patient education could reduce the number of unnecessary admissions, phone calls or visits, which will save time and money for both the patient and the provider.
At Liberate Ideas, we know that strengthening the capacity of HCPs to educate patients at point of care will improve health outcomes for the individual and the entire health care system. We invite you to take a look at the patient education Condition decks we have by going to our Condition Library. And if you are a HCP, please download our free Liberate Health app for iPad today – just click on the iTunes store logo at the top of the page.