As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. And the world of healthcare is no exception. No matter how clearly you explain a patient’s condition or issue, your words can’t compete with a thorough visual demonstration. Additionally, as care providers seek to drive patient engagement, healthcare educational materials are essential to improve patients’ understanding. In fact, patient education has been proven to increase activation and encourage patients’ involvement in their healthcare. Here are three forms of visual aids that are especially effective in patient education.
Examples of Medical Conditions
Charts and models with examples of the results of medical conditions help patients understand the reality of disease and the very real effects it has on the body. For example, telling a patient they have a high risk for heart disease may sound like an abstract problem. Conversely, showing a patient a chart that explains cardiovascular disease or a model of a diseased heart will assist professionals in communicating the gravity of the situation. These visual examples motivate patients to take responsibility for their own health and abide by their doctor’s recommendations.
While generalized healthcare office may display whole-body models or charts, specialist’s offices often choose education materials tailored to the body systems they treat. This provides the opportunity to clearly educate patients on the care and causes of their specific conditions. Models and charts are available for a full range of specific body parts and systems, from spines to eyes, hearts, and feet. In every case, the details and realism of the materials give professionals excellent tools to educate patients.
General Health Practices
For a more passive form of education, many healthcare offices choose to display materials that promote personal health practices and awareness. These include instructions for effective hand-washing, tooth brushing, and CPR. They also may educate patients on the signs of heart attack or stroke or maintaining a healthy diet. More often than not, these materials are not used for intensive patient education, but rather provide a backdrop of information and familiarity with general health principles.
Remember, every patient is different, meaning that the educational materials that are effective will vary in individual cases. Therefore, always assess a patient’s situation, including culture, education, and preferences, before choosing education tools. Additionally, finding the right tools is only part of the equation. Patient education happens most successfully in a quality healthcare relationship. Are you looking for high-quality charts, models, and other materials for patient education in your office? Look no further than AAA Wholesale Company, the best place to find affordable medical equipment. Check out our online catalog to learn more.