Workshop A

HCEA Patient Education Guidelines for Health Professionals: Understanding the Evidence and Putting into Action

This workshop will address the objectives by first describing the guidelines development process including the patient role. The leader and first speaker will elaborate on the Health Care Education Association's (HCEA) idea for the guidelines, NNLM grant application and funding for literature search, formation of 25 person workgroup of multi-disciplinary professions, search process with University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library, publications review, collating of strategies, and writing process.

For the second objective, the HCEA guidelines will be reviewed in depth to assure that concept, models and strategies are fully understood. This part of the workshop will be very interactive and driven by participants' educational goals. Approaches to assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation will highlighted with specifics discussed as requested by participants.

For the third objective, the speakers and participants will discuss how the strategies can be implemented in every day clinical practice. This conversation will focus on strategic options based on the clinical situation. Speakers and participants will mutually assist each other evaluating all options for effectively educating a patient using the patient education process - assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.

The workshop, "HCEA's Patient Education Guidelines for Health Care Professionals: Understanding the Evidence and Putting into Action," will give participants the opportunity to fully understand

  • the development of the guidelines including the evidence 
  • the educational process for patient education (assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation) with emphasis on specific strategies
  • how to apply the strategy options in everyday clinical practice. 

The workshop will be presented by recent past-presidents of HCEA who were co-chair/member of the guidelines workgroup and have decades of patient education experience as well as understanding of evidence-based strategies. The guidelines workgroup included a patient member who brought the everyday realities of the patient's experiences and needs to the guidelines. This role will be described as well as the other multi-disciplinary members of the group.

This workshop will provide a relaxed environment where there is an opportunity for health care professionals to develop an in depth understanding of evidence-based strategies and options for various clinical situations. The speakers and participants will discuss strategies and application. The interactive content of this presentation will be driven by participants' knowledge/skill needs.