Patient Education

Teaching that is begun at the time of diagnosis and reinforced and built upon at each clinic visit empowers the patient with judgment regarding when to call and how to manage their disease at home.

Information is given to patients keeping in mind the individual intellectual ability, age and emotional status as well as the appropriateness of the moment. Information given to a patient at the time of diagnosis or during a flare may not have been retained, as these are not optimal teachable moments. Health care providers often unintentionally talk over the heads of patients. Basic phrases used in the world of medicine sound very foreign to the layperson. It is important to recognize noncomprehension and address educational needs respectfully. The nonemergent clinic visit is a good time to reinforce concepts related to disease process, rationale for prescribed therapies, problem solving tips, and what to do if problems do occur. A well-informed patient tends to need fewer emergent visits. Such teaching also reinforces the importance of medication compliance (Kane, 2001). Written materials and responsible Web sites can be good educational resources for the patient to further their understanding of IBD. However, newly diagnosed IBD patients can become overwhelmed and frightened with too much, too soon.

Constipation Prescription

Constipation Prescription

Did you ever think feeling angry and irritable could be a symptom of constipation? A horrible fullness and pressing sharp pains against the bladders can’t help but affect your mood. Sometimes you just want everyone to leave you alone and sleep to escape the pain. It is virtually impossible to be constipated and keep a sunny disposition. Follow the steps in this guide to alleviate constipation and lead a happier healthy life.

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