teach back

teach back

, teach-back, teachback
A method to ensure and improve a patient's understanding of his or her condition, diagnosis, medical regimen, prognosis, or treatment plan.

Patient care

After the health care provider relays disease-specific information, he or she asks the patient, caregivers, or family members, "Tell me what we've just discussed, " or "Explain to me how to take this medication, ” or “Explain to me how to prepare for surgery, ” or “Tell me whom to call if problems arise, ” etc. Providing the opportunity for teaching back is esp. helpful when assisting patients with limited health literacy to adhere to medical plans and retain complicated information, although it may be useful in other clinical encounters, as when patients are anxious, distracted, hurried, or overwhelmed.

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Some recommended strategies include: teach back (a way to evaluate health messages), brown bag lunches to share information concerning prescription drugs in a relaxed environment (patients bring their medications in a brown bag and discuss them with a knowledgeable health care provider), and use of videos and audio messages (Himmelfarb & Hughes, 2011).
His effects will produce superior results if he will take great pains to teach back management thoroughly.
You do not want your patients to view the Teach Back task as a test, but rather of how well you explained the concept.
It will prevent you from punching the trigger, but it will not automatically teach back tension as you suggest.
If your patient struggles to teach back something you feel you covered pretty clearly, that's a big red flag that the patient has just been nodding along but didn't really understand what happened in the visit.