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Patients as Partners: How to Involve Patients and Families in Their Own Care
Patients as Partners guides providers through the process of including patients and families in patient safety efforts and care decisions. Features special discussion of the effects of varying health literacy levels and cultural perspectives.
Advancing the Practice of Patient- and Family-Centered Care: How to Get Started
Bringing the perspectives of patients and families directly into the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care — thereby improving its quality and safety — is what patient- and family-centered care is all about.
Patient decision aids for balancing the benefits and harms of health care options: A systematic review and meta-analysis
This unpublished manuscript documents the study done by Annette O'Connor, and her international team of colleagues, testing patient decision aids around the world.
Health literacy: Implications for teaching the adult patient
This article defines health literacy, describes the scope of the problem, identifies affected patient groups, and offers interventions to maximize patient understanding during the teaching process.
Preparing patients and caregivers to participate in care delivered across settings: The Care Transitions Intervention
This article describes how interventions encouraging older patients and their caregivers to participate actively in care transitions can reduce rehospitalization rates. Includes sample tools.
Modifying unwarranted variations in health care: Shared decision making using patient decision aids
Patient decision aids have been shown to reduce patient passivity, help patients feel more informed, and can increase knowledge of relative benefits/harm of treatment.
An impact evaluation of a falls prevention program among older people
This article provides an assessment of the impact of peer-presented education sessions on falls-related attitude, knowledge, and behavior of older people.
Putting Patients First: Designing and Practicing Patient-Centered Care
A step-by-step approach to implementing patient-centered care based on the Planetree model.
Set and Document Self-Management Goals Collaboratively with HIV/AIDS Patients
Set and document self-management goals collaboratively with HIV/AIDS patients.
Involve Patients in Administering Their Own Medications
Involve patients in their own care by having them administer their own medications while in the hospital in order to increase patient safety and educate patients about their medications.
Have Patients Maintain Their Own Medication Administration Record (MAR)
To improve patient safety, involve patients in their own care by having them document medication administration on their own record sheets.
Involve Patients in Medication Checks
Patients can be a last line of defense against adverse drug events, so it makes sense to involve them in the verification of medications before administration.
Develop a Warfarin Dosing Service or Clinic
A dosing service or clinic for patients on warfarin can provide coordinated and consistent care and be a benefit to both patients and physicians.
Implement Patient-Directed Administration of Warfarin
Having patients administer their own anticoagulant medication in the hospital is a good way to involve them, educate them, and prepare those who need it for long-term anticoagulation therapy.
Educate Patients to Manage Warfarin Therapy at Home
Educated patients on how to properly manage their warfarin therapy at home to reduce their risk of adverse drug events.
Share Evidence-Based Guidelines and Information with Patients to Encourage Their Participation
Educate patients about guidelines.
Critical Care Unit Family Brochure
This brochure is given to all families of critical care unit patients to provide guidelines for accessing information about the patient during the hospital stay.
Interdisciplinary Patient/Family Education Record: Congestive Heart Failure
This tool is used to document education about care after discharge that is provided to patients with congestive heart failure and their families.
Heart Failure Zone Flyer
This handout helps patients recognize and understand the symptoms of heart failure and how to respond.
Ensuring Safety in Surgery Brochure
OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria, Illinois, USA) invites patients to play a vital role in making their surgical care safe with this surgical brochure.
Decision Balance Worksheet
A worksheet for helping patients move from ambivalence toward behavior change.
Tips for Safer Surgery
This tip sheet provides surgical patients with key questions they should ask their surgical care team prior to surgery.
Blood Pressure Visual Aid for Patients
This visual aid, based on principles of health literacy, consists of a color thermometer and recognizable faces from smiling to frowning to indicate the patient's current blood pressure. It provides an easy way for patients to understand their current measurement and goals for reducing their hypertension.
HIV Patient/Client Goal Contract with Illustrations
One-page patient/client goal contract with illustrations offered to clients who are hesitant to set a goal.
Choosing Health for Life: A Patient Health Journal
This health journal helps people living with HIV/AIDS track health care provider contact information, pharmacy contacts, provider appointments, lab results for CD4 and viral load tests, medications and how and when to take them, and other recommended health screening and testing information.