Helping patients to learn about self-management
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Helping patients to learn about self-management

Bob Price Healthcare education and practice development consultant, Surrey, England

Nurses are often urged to help patients learn about their illness and the self-management measures that may enable them to achieve a degree of independence after they have left hospital. However, little has been written about the practical process of facilitating patient learning while the patient makes sense of their circumstances and considers what they can do to manage any necessary lifestyle changes. Educational articles tend to focus on programmed learning, such as educational courses delivered to groups of patients with similar conditions. This article assists the nurse in reviewing what learning might entail for a patient and to explore why this type of learning is different to learning in other circumstances.

Nursing Standard. 30, 2, 51-60. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.2.51.e10145


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Received: 21 May 2015

Accepted: 11 June 2015