ARCHIVED POST N.B. This post is based on the 2012 Osteopathic Practice Standards and therefore may not reflect current legislation or current Mint procedures.
- One of your key roles as a healthcare professional is patient education. Helping patients to understand their condition will help them understand the recovery process and prevent them worrying about causing further damage. Visual aids tend to be more memorable to people and enable patients to understand complex ideas. There are many different forms of visual aids available including printed materials, youtube videos, powerpoint presentations, anatomy software, posters or charts and 3D models.
- People learn in different ways and so using both audio and visual education will help you to get your message across. Describing anatomical structures and concepts with words only may cause confusion and frustration. Patients may quickly get lost through being unable to understand or picture what you are describing. A visual aid can often assist the patient in understanding their condition and underlying causative factors and also will often stimulate the patient to ask more questions. As we discussed in last weeks blog, most patients will have very little understanding of anatomy and health.
- “A picture is worth a 1000 words” – showing patient’s what you are describing will often save a lot of words in trying to describe anatomical features. Most healthcare professionals are balancing the concern to do their best for patients against the pressures of time management. Using visual aids will be more efficient but still very effective. For example, showing your patient a 3D model of the shoulder to demonstrate what is happening to cause impingement will be far more succinct than trying to describe the anatomical features of the shoulder verbally.
At Mint we aim to equip healthcare practitioners to provide high standards of clinical care. We have a range of anatomy and condition posters, joint models and fascia models all available at a great price through the website. Buy some models and posters now and see what a fantastic difference it makes to your patients.