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It is thought that people learn best through vicarious learning. When they see their peers changing a bandage or administering insulin, they learn more effectively, says Samuel L. Maceri, RN, MPA, CNA, director of Education and Support Patient Care Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. Therefore, when the institution makes a patient education video, they don’t use actors or health care professionals to demonstrate techniques. Instead, they use patients and family members. These laypeople model the skills that are being taught. It’s better than a handout or showing a video with a nurse doing the demonstration, says Maceri.
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