In an effort to keep patients better informed and involved in their health, we as health professionals utilize different patient education techniques with their patients. By having several options to choose from, we can select a technique that feels most comfortable to us. These techniques can help ensure that patients understand our education, are better informed, and are equipped to take actions for better health.
We recently conducted a poll among our members on SurroundHealth on their most frequently used patient education techniques, with the Teach-Back Method eliciting the most responses. Other response options were Ask-Educate-Ask, Motivational Interviewing, Other, or None.
We have several articles and resources on SurroundHealth on these most popular patient education techniques and behavior change strategies that can help improve communication between you and your patient, including:
- Tips and Tools: Using the Teach-Back Method to Ensure Patient Understanding – Written by Liz Carden, MPH, CHES, this article reviews suggested approached when using the teach-back method, as well as provides tools for using the method effectively.
- Motivational interviewing skills & techniques: Examples, tips and tools– Authored by Anne Jani, MPH, CHES, this article provides an informative overview of tips and techniques for using motivational interviewing as a counseling approach.
- Motivational Interviewing: Reshaping bad behavior beliefs into positive self-efficacy– Another contribution from Liz Carden, MPH, CHES, this article is equipped with several strategies likely to support motivational interviewing. Strategies include suggestive questions, decisional balance, and query extremes, among others.
- [Archived Webinar] Health Literacy: Skills for Moving from ‘Mission Impossible?’ to ‘Mission Accomplished – In this archived version of our National Communication Association-sponsored webinar, Dr. James Dudl from Kaiser Permanente, reviews using the Ask-Educate-Ask Approach in helping patient overcome health literacy barriers.
What are your favorite patient education techniques? Leave us a comment and let us know.