I am writing a series of articles for home health care nurses on patient and family education. (I am the author of the book "No Time to Teach? A Nurse's Guide to Patient and Family Education")
What problems do you run into while teaching patients? Can you give me examples, anecdotes, of what you had to deal with?
Jul 8, '00
I would be happy to respond please send me your e-mail address. Most of my patients are elderly and teaching them can be a real challenge and then there are the funny stories too. So drop me a line with your e-mail address. Mine is email@example.com.
Jul 10, '00
I don't have any anecdotes I want to offer. But, I will tell you of major challenges with patient education that I frequently encounter in home health:
1. Patient is not willing or able to participate as desired in patient education due to physical or mental disabilities or discomfort of changing something in comfortable and familiar surroundings; no family or friend support.
2. Family is not willing or able to participate, because they are not accessible for home care; they do not comprehend importance of their role in home care and the adjustments needed to maximize the quality of life for the client/patient; they may only care about certain aspects regarding the client/patient (e.g. what impact would the death of the client/patient have on the family if they lost the income from his/her check).