The importance of patient education Book Section

Authors: Hodorowski, J. K.; Messner, C.; Kornhauser, C.
Editors: Christ, G.; Messner, C.; Behar, L.
Article/Chapter Title: The importance of patient education
Abstract: (from the chapter) This chapter explored how access to understandable health information empowers patients to participate in self-care. Providers, patients, and caregivers must ensure that information for self-care is accessible, reliable, and patient centered. This is particularly challenging given low health literacy rates and a multitude of barriers that preclude patients from receiving state-of-the-art care. The information discussed regarding how to conduct educational workshops will start the process of learning the best practices to incorporate when planning educational sessions. Oncology social workers need to stay abreast of the latest research, technologies, and health sites to best guide their patients to supportive resources. As technology continues to expand at a rapid rate, remember that many patients cannot or will not adopt the use of the most current technology. Simplicity, coupled with the involvement of a trusted and effective oncology social worker, will make a difference in patient and family learning. Open lines of communication will increase positive patient outcomes and adherence to treatment protocols. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved).
Keywords: patient education; health information; self-care; oncology social work; patient empowerment
Book Title: Handbook of Oncology Social Work: Psychosocial Care for People with Cancer
ISBN: 978-0-19-994192-6
Publisher: Oxford University Press  
Publication Place: New York, NY
Date Published: 2015-01-01
Start Page: 673
End Page: 677
Language: English
ACCESSION: Book: 2015-09212-089
PROVIDER: Ovid Technologies
PROVIDER: psycinfo
Notes: Book Chapter: 90 -- Source: PsycINFO
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