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How to Improve Patient Care and Outcome Through Patient Education

  • Patient education creates health awareness and reduces the global burden of diseases1
  • Patient Education is widespread and largely emphasized communication strategies to spread awareness1
  • It is essential in improving patients’ ability to manage their health and quality of life1
  • Effective education promotes a healthy lifestyle and stresses the importance of health1

Aims of Patient Education1

  • Maintain and promote health
  • Prevent illness and health complications
  • Restore health and promote recovery from diseases
  • Cope with impaired functions

The patient education strategies work towards1,3

  • Boosting patient’s confidence and ability towards self-health management
  • Encouraging healthy living and improving the overall quality of life

Benefits of Patient Education1,2,3

The Four Vital Components of Patient Education Process4

  • Assesment
  • Implementation
  • Planning
  • Evaluation

Strategies for Patient Education

  • A highly responsible task for healthcare professionals
  • Makes the patients conscientious of their health status
  • Enhances comprehension of the disease to enable patients to play a proactive role in self-care

Tips for HCPs to Improve Patient Education1,3


  • Patient education influences patient behavior and induces behavioral changes by imparting knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to maintain or improve health.
  • Patient education is crucial to allow people to understand their health and treatment better.
  • It empowers patients toward effective and informed decision-making.
  • Encourage patients to self-management, prevent re-occurrence and avoid repeated hospital visits.


  1. Paterick TE, Patel N, Tajik AJ, Chandrasekaran K. Improving health outcomes through patient education and partnerships with patients. Proc (Bayl Univ Med Cent). 2017 Jan;30(1):112-113. doi: 10.1080/08998280.2017.11929552. PMID: 28152110; PMCID: PMC5242136.
  2. Choosing effective patient education materials; MedlinePlus: National Library of Medicine (US); Available from:
  3. Gayle Morris; 10 Ways Nurses and Nurse Leaders Can Improve Patient Education; Nurse journal; 2022 Aug.
  4. Patient Education Practice Guidelines for Health Care Professionals; health care education association.