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May 1, 2011

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  • Don't get left behind: iPads making strong inroads with patient education

    Patient education managers must stay abreast of the latest technology for delivering patient education to involve the learner and provide individualizing teaching to meet the needs of the learner, says Fran London, MS, RN, a health education specialist at The Emily Center, Phoenix (AZ) Children's Hospital.
  • Connect with smartphone users

    Smartphone users are beginning to use a device called a "barcode scanner" that allows them to open Quick Response (QR) codes. These codes are found on a multitude of items including magazine ads, signs, business cards, and museum graphics, says Fran London, MS, RN, a health education specialist at The Emily Center, a family health library at Phoenix (AZ) Children's Hospital.
  • It's a new world with electronic readers

    Patient and family resource centers might be a logical setting for such electronic devices as the Apple iPad or Nook electronic reader.
  • Purpose drives choice of content for e-readers

    What content should go on electronic readers, such as iPads and Nooks, purchased for use in community health libraries and facility-based resource centers?
  • Overcoming barriers to e-reader use in education

    While electronic readers seem to be an innovative way to educate patients, the fact that they are new means there will be problems to address when implementing them.
  • Off to a good start: Tell women what to expect

    In response to the surgeon general's "Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding," in last month's issue we covered best practice for initiating breastfeeding after birth, writing policy for education, and follow-up education after discharge. This month, we discuss prenatal breastfeeding education and what to cover in the curriculum.
  • Details are the key in breastfeeding class

    At St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, CT, the prenatal education tries to deliver "consistent and positive messages about breastfeeding," says Laurie Mastrone, RNC, IBCLC, a lactation consultant.
  • Paid caregivers lack skills for tasks in senior's homes

    Paid caregivers make it possible for seniors to remain living in their homes. The problem, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study, is that more than one-third of caregivers had difficulty reading and understanding health-related information and directions. Sixty percent made errors when sorting medications into pillboxes.
  • Low-literacy material targets correct Pill use

    The clinician has just reviewed instructions on proper oral contraceptive (OC) use with the patient, a 22-year-old mother of three. He asks if there any questions and sends her to the front desk with a supply of pill packs and written instructions. But how does he know she received the information she needs to take her pills properly?
  • Reinforce message with phones, cells

    How can clinicians bolster patients' understanding of correct oral contraceptive use after they leave the office? Try these tips from the On the Same Page OCP Health Literacy Project Training Manual: