We go to hospitals or clinics when we – or a member of our family – is injured or sick. These places are full of doctors, nurses and medical professionals to cater to our physical needs and get us better. However, providing physical comfort, medication and treatment isn’t the sole purpose of these medical centers. Patient education is also one of the core goals of every hospital and medical facility in the world.
You may have gotten this message from the numerous pamphlets and brochures available in the waiting lounge or reception area while you fill out forms or answer questions. The posters on the walls of the hospitals also preach of health promotion and disease prevention. But putting these visual aids to the side, the most sizeable form of patient education is exactly just that – patient education. This is the one-on-one (or one-on-family) teaching process that doctors and nurses provide during patient interaction. They answer questions, clarify myths and offer suggestions and advice to promote better health for those involved.
Other times, the educating goes beyond the conventional idea of what medicine encompasses. Every now and then, hospitals and medical professionals go the extra mile and offer helpful advice and assistance when addressing issues of public and family safety, comfort and, of course, health. With their expertise in these fields, families and patients are given reassurance of the things to do and things not to do for the benefit of them and for those around them. For first time and weary parents, this is really helpful.
Do you have kids of your own? Have you ever experienced patient education when you visited your doctor? Please share what you’ve learned with us!