Advances in Patient Education

Advances in Patient Education

Advances in Patient Education

Advances in Patient Education

Synopsis

"This book provides an integrative analysis of new advances in patient education, and the current state of the field. Written by one of patient education's foremost experts, the book focuses on the following important areas: learning theory; ethics; measurement & outcomes; preparation for self-management of chronic disease; mode of delivery; and mental health." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

I have long been committed to the rights of patients to freely obtain unbiased education about their health conditions. Lack of general availability of these services and lack of attention to their quality and freedom from conflict of interest, represent a lack of respect for persons and thus an ethical violation when it occurs. While especially a problem for groups such as women, whose traditional oppression was and is carried out in part through medical teachings, the same principles apply to all patients and families. And clinical decisions that restrict access to quality patient education services represent a form of unexamined rationing.

Today, much turmoil exists in patient education, which may eventually move us closer to meeting ethical responsibilities noted above. Because this field is so far flung with no cohesive organization, advances are difficult to ascertain. This book focuses on seven advances; I have no doubt missed others. Advances are evident in the very basic underpinnings of patient education, such as philosophy, learning, and measurement of need for and outcomes from educational services. Other advances are also clear (self-management preparation for chronic disease) or emerging (mental health psychoeducation and education related to ethically sensitive areas). And some (delivery of patient education) are perennially shifting with the organization of health services and incorporation of new technology.

This book documents and interprets these developments. It takes advantage of the many reviews and meta-analyses that exist and frames their findings in a broader context. It is my . . .

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