What is teach-back and how does it help?
Teach-back is a technique to assess how well the clinician has explained
the information in a way that the patient understands. Teach-back encourages shared meaning between patient and clinician. It involves asking patients to explain (“tell me”) or demonstrate (“show me”) what they have been told.
Teach-back may help with obtaining informed consent for treatment and increased understanding and adherence.
Teach back steps:
- Clinician explains to the patient a new concept, diagnosis or treatment plan in small chunks.
- Patient explains, or ‘teaches back’, what was said.
- If the patient cannot show that they have understood, the clinician
explains in a different way and again asks the patient to teach-back.
The cycle of explaining and checking continues until the clinician is confident in the patient’s understanding.
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