The Teach-Back Method
Studies have shown that 40-80 percent of the medical information patients receive is forgotten immediately1 and nearly half of the information retained is incorrect.2 One of the easiest ways to close the gap of communication between clinician and patient is to employ the “teach-back” method, also known as the “show-me” method or “closing the loop.”3 Teach-back is a way to confirm that you have explained to the patient what they need to know in a manner that the patient understands. Patient understanding is confirmed when they explain it back to you. It can also help the clinic staff members identify explanations and communication strategies that are most commonly understood by patients.
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