Patient education is a very important aspect of treating the patient. Patient
education is the process by which health professionals and others impart information to
patients that will alter their health behaviors or improve their health status. Not educating
a patient about their care and providing direction for understanding leaves the patient at
risk of having complications.
Crisis Pregnancy Center is a non-profit organization established to counsel
pregnant women, but they also provide sexual health education, and parenting advice.
Patient education is a key tool in their practice. Their methods include handouts, videos,
and models. Their most effective method is videos. Patients choose what material they
would like more information on. They seem to be more interested in watching videos
then opposed to traditional patient education methods because it is an increasing short-
term retention of information.
Due to the worlds cultural differences, most clinics provide patient education
materials in languages other than English, including those relating to patient rights and
informed consent. The translation most commonly available is Spanish. Crisis Pregnancy
Centers offer both English and Spanish in their patient education. Their goal is to make
sure the patients understanding is clear, and their answers to their questions are met.
Further education for patients is typically up to the patient. There is no
established set amount of sessions that need to be taken. The crisis pregnancy
Center offers many opportunities in activities including classes, and support groups if
patient desires. To ensure that the patient understands the material received Crisis
Pregnancy Centers deliver a form for the patient to fill out asking what the reason was for
their visit, and to summarize they had learned. Follow ups are only performed if further action is seeked. (abortion, adoption, or...
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