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Helping patients to achieve self-management

Author: Bob Price

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2019 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses, Students Language: English

Course description

This module aims to help the reader review what learning might entail when a patient experiences a health setback, to appreciate the necessity for patients to learn and to explore strategies that might enhance learning. The module assumes that nurses are working with patients at the outset of their learning journey, in an acute care hospital setting. It is beyond the scope of this module to discuss facilitation of learning over a protracted period, during which various agencies and professionals may have a role.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Review your current understanding of learning and explain why learning is different for patients
  • Describe what is meant by ?education'
  • Outline why emotional support is crucial to patients learning to self-care after an illness or injury
  • Examine the importance of attitudes, beliefs and values in helping patients to believe that they can take responsibility for their health after an illness or injury
  • Describe some simple measures to enable initiation of the learning process, as a basis for further learning when the patient returns home


  • Introduction
  • Definitions of learning and education
  • Learning in recovery
  • Strategies to enable patient learning
  • Conclusions


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


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  • Introduction
  • Definitions of learning and education
  • Learning in recovery
  • Strategies to enable patient learning
  • Conclusions

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