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Registered nurses use of teaching techniues to mitigate low health literacyHalf the time asking the patientfamily to repeat new information or provide a return demonstration of a new skill 577% following up in subseuent shifts or visits to confirm understanding 552% or asking how they will follow the instructions at home 51% The lowest freuency techniue employed was using visual aids ie pictures models or videos 288%;Nurses perceived the techniues effective at a much higher rate than they actually used them and reported not knowing that many of the techniues are effective Their responses to perceived effectiveness included a surprisingly high admission of ignorance of the benefits of three of the techniues Those answering don't know to whether a specific techniue is effective or not using visual aids 331% asking the patientfamily how they will.
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Follow the instructions at home 357% and underlining key points in patient information handout 375% The variables of level of education years of experience and place of work showed statistically significant correlations with only a handful of the teaching techniues;The results of the survey can be used to improve nursing education about patient teaching to assure best practices are understood by the nurse at the bedside Further research would be beneficial to explore why nurses do not utilize the teaching techniues at a level eual to their perceived effectiveness Even importantly research is needed as to whether the use of these teaching techniues actually results in improved knowledge increased compliance or better health outcomes for patients with low health literacy.
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review × Registered nurses use of teaching techniues to mitigate low health literacy Ý More than a third of United States adults have low health literacy defined as an inability to understand and act on medical information thus inhibiting optimal health care and resulting in less desirable outcomeMore than a third of United States adults have low health literacy defined as an inability to understand and act on medical information thus inhibiting optimal health care and resulting in less desirable outcomes This research uantified the self reported use of 14 specific best practice teaching techniues by registered nurses to mitigate low health literacy challenges of their patients;A survey was administered to a random sample of registered nurses in Texas N 259 in which they reported their previous week's use of the techniues during actual patient care Using simple language 973% assessing what the patient already knows 884% and presenting 1 or 2 concepts at a time 715% were the most commonly used strategies Techniues to assure understanding were employed only about.