Patient education

Definition

Patient education is the procedure in which individuals with health occupations impart information to patients about their own health status and needs. Patient education aims to enable patients to improve their own health by changing their health-related behaviours. Education can be therapeutic or used for disease prevention.

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News and Comment

  • News and Views |

    In the United States, direct-to-consumer advertisements for medications must disclose each specific side-effect risk. A new study demonstrates a counterintuitive dilution effect: people perceive drug descriptions that include both serious and trivial side effects as less risky than descriptions that only list serious side effects.

    • Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher
  • News and Views |

    The 2017 ASCO guidelines present six well-reasoned recommendations for the management of small renal masses. We expand these recommendations to contextualize the use of renal tumour biopsy, clarify when active surveillance could be more inclusive, and highlight nuances in surgical decision making for patients with anatomically complex tumours and a normal contralateral kidney.

    • Benjamin T. Ristau
    •  & Marc C. Smaldone
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Shared decision-making (SDM) between physicians and patients is a necessary element of care in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), particularly for decisions concerning prophylactic implantable defibrillators to prevent sudden death; however, SDM has much less relevance in making eligibility versus disqualification decisions for competitive athletes with HCM.

    • Barry J. Maron
    • , Rick A. Nishimura
    •  & Martin S. Maron
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The treatment of IBD is currently suboptimal. Continuous monitoring of patients with IBD, patient engagement and early treatment adjustments are still difficult hurdles. E-Health could be an efficient tool to improve these aspects, but the current evidence for its use in IBD is poor. An integrated cost-effective e-health system supported by a stable legal framework is eagerly needed.

    • Peter Bossuyt
    • , Lieven Pouillon
    •  & Laurent Peyrin-Biroulet