Patient Education: Heart Failure Medication Essay by Master Researcher

Patient Education: Heart Failure Medication
Presents a theoretical/conceptual framework for a patient education program on taking heart failure medication.
# 90648 | 900 words | 0 sources | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Medical and Health (Pharmacy)

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This paper discusses the theoretical framework upon which a patient education program for discharged patients might be based. It discusses Malcolm Knowles' andragogy model in the adult learning process and the self-care theory of Dorothea Orem. It applies these frameworks to not only the patient, but especially to the nurse, wherein a more active role in education is essential.

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"Adult learning in the patient education context presently takes many forms. Informing the patient of his/her condition, the steps to be taken to further evaluate and treat the condition and the measures and medications to be taken by the patient at that point is one example. Another may take the form of teaching patients how and when to use a glucometer to measure his/her blood glucose levels. Even the mere act of being a confidant can be a patient education experience. However, information dissemination does not imply true patient education. There is a need for implementing a structured and methodical educational program designed to encourage active, bidirectional adult learning instead of passive, unidirectional reception of relevant and irrelevant information."

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