23 Mar Patient Education
The Latin word for doctor is docere, which means to teach. In order to achieve shared decision making, improve understanding and adherence, motivate, and encourage self-management, our clinicians are trained to be effective patient educators and work well with other health providers who share this role. Patient education is defined as any set of planned educational activities designed to improve patients’ health behaviors and health status. Its main purpose is to maintain or to improve patient health or, in some cases, to slow deterioration. However, patient and family education goes beyond this main purpose. An informed and educated patient can actively participate in his or her own treatment, improve outcomes, help identify errors before they occur, and reduce his or her length of injury/pain.