What Does Patient Education Involve?
There’s a lot to learn and we help each patient understand everything about their condition, treatment plan and ongoing expectations. Learning about the anatomy of the spine can help patient’s better understand why their condition is generating pain which often reduces their anxiety and allows them to make more informed decisions. A knowledgeable patient can often manage some elements of their care and prevent future neck and back pain.
- The basics of patient education involve providing patients with information about spine anatomy, their condition, diagnostic tests that may be performed, and possible treatment options.
- There are many forums for patient education, which include discussions with care providers, reading brochures and other printed materials, viewing videos and visiting websites.
- One of the key components of effective patient education is for the patient to take an active role in the treatment process.
- This involves applying the materials learned by making lifestyle changes.Perhaps one of the most important aspects is for patients to ask questions until they feel confident they have all the answers to their questions about the symptoms of back and neck pain.