Millions of United States residents are hospitalized every year. Teaching patients and families what they need to know to be able to make informed treatment decisions and to transition to self-care upon discharge is an essential practice that health care professionals (HCPs) need to master and coordinate with each other. To promote safe patient-centered care, HCPs require knowledge, skills and attitudes that support effective teaching. This study describes the knowledge, skill and attitudes of HCPs toward patient and family teaching. A survey was e-mailed to 2,272 employees of a 652 bed acute care medical center in the northern California area. Reponses from 244 registered nurses and 53 non-nursing HCPs were collected and analyzed. Results revealed that opportunities may exist to improve the education HCPs receive in patient and family teaching techniques, to clarify the role of each HCP in the process of teaching, and to provide more adequate teaching materials.
|Advisor:||Siegel, Elena O.|
|Commitee:||Bell, Robert A., Ward, Deborah|
|School:||University of California, Davis|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health education|
|Keywords:||Attitudes, Beliefs, Health care professional, Health communication, Patient education, Patient teaching|
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