Patient Education
the Key  to Successful

Patient education at discharge is an investment that should be in every hospital budget. Given the potential costs of avoidable readmissions and poor patient-satisfaction scores, building and implementing a plan to communicate clearly with patients when they transfer to the next level of care or return home makes fiscal sense (McElhinney, 2012).

It is hard to know where to start and what type of material to use.  Below is a link for guidance on selecting educational materials

Are you ready to transition your patient?

The day of discharge is not the day to start patient education for home care. From admission, know where your patient's discharge plan.

Once you have assessed your patient's needs, concerns, readiness to learn, preferences, support, and possible barriers to learning, you will need to:

  • Make a plan with your patient and his or her support person
  • Agree with the patient on realistic learning objectives
  • Select resources that fit the patient

Are you involved in discharge planning

Share your successful  discharge story

Home instruction for a non English speaking patient can be a challenge.  You are responsible to find someone who can translate for the patient.  You may use an interpreter or  a family member to explain the follow-up instruction.

What programs is your facility using to train staff about caring for your? multicultural patients and the non-English speaking patients?

Check out the button below for a very helpful guide for successful transition. You may also contact or visit the Patient transitions team at for Via Christi Health at the address below or call (316) 946-5200.  Please click on the map for directions to the center.

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