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ERIC Number: ED223772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Hospital Patients Are Adult Learners.
Caffarella, Rosemary S.
Patient education is recognized by health care providers and patients themselves as an important component of adequate health care for hospital patients. Through this informational process, patients receive information about specific health problems, learn the necessary competencies to deal with them, and develop accepting attitudes toward the problems and resulting changes in lifestyles. Patient awareness includes two types of educational activities--formal and informal. Hospital-based patient education serves three clienteles: inpatients, outpatients who attend medical clinics, and the general community. Programs for the community are principally informational. Hospital-based activities for the outpatient population range from informational programs to more structured individual and group sessions with patients. The content of patient education activities for inpatients is varied, including orientation to hospital facilities and services; explanation of the diagnosis and treatment for the health problem; teaching of the medical management of the problem; assisting of patients to learn or relearn self-care; teaching of independent living skills; teaching of patients and families about appropriate community resources; teaching about the financial management of the problem; and discussions concerning general preventive activities. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Formal Education