Web sites with teaching sheets to aid education

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With this issue we begin with a list of resources for patient education materials. )

An important part of most job descriptions for patient education managers is the creation of teaching sheets. While many institutions elect to create material that is unique to their health care needs, those who do the work agree that it is easier to edit sheets with an author's permission than to start with a blank piece of paper.

Patient Education Management has collected a few web sites that provide access to teaching sheets. Contact information is available on the site for permission to use parts of the material.

In addition, there are web sites that provide teaching sheets in a variety of languages. Patient education managers know that translating materials from English to a foreign language can be costly, yet teaching sheets for non-English-speaking patients are vital for comprehensive education.

General education sheets:

  • Children's Hospital of Central California, Madera — A health encyclopedia with thousands of pages on pediatric diseases and treatments is found on the web site of this health care institution. There also is wellness and disease prevention information. To access this material: www.childrenscentralcal.org.
  • Jackson Health System, Miami — The web site for this institution includes a health library with 4,000 health and wellness articles covering 1,500 medical topics. To access this material: www.um-jmh.org.
  • Sutter Health, Sacramento, CA —The health information library has categories such as cancer, children's health, food and nutrition, heart and circulation, men's health, mental and behavioral health, pregnancy and reproduction, wellness and lifestyle, and women's health.
    Each selection has topics listed in alphabetical order. For example, under heart and circulation topics include: ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure; angina, unstable; and beta-blockers for heart failure. This section also has a drug guide.
    To access this material: www.sutterhealth.org.
    The Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH — This institution has a section of its web site devoted to patient education materials. Health topic categories include diagrams, diseases and conditions, medication/vaccines, and nutrition and diet. Included in the selection are Somali materials and Spanish materials. To access this material: medicalcenter.osu.edu/patientcare/patient_education.

Foreign language health education materials:

  • Health Info Translations — A collaborative initiative by Mount Carmel, The Ohio State University Medical Center, and OhioHealth to improve health education for limited English proficiency patients, posting materials in a multitude of languages. Each teaching sheet is written in the foreign language along with the English equivalent. Languages include: Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Marshallese, Portuguese Brazilian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese.
    Topics include diagnostic tests, diseases and conditions, exercise and rehabilitation, food and diet, general information, health and wellness, home care, pain and comfort, pediatrics, pregnancy and baby care, safety, stress and coping, and surgeries and treatments.
    To access this material: www.healthinfotranslations.com.