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Improving Provider Use of the Teach-Back Method

Holman, Carita K., DNP, FNP-C; Weed, L. Diane, PhD, FNP-BC; Kelley, Sabrina P., DNP, FNP

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: January/February 2019 - Volume 35 - Issue 1 - p 52–53
doi: 10.1097/NND.0000000000000521
Departments: From the Front Lines to the Back Page

The purpose of this pilot study was to improve patient health literacy by teaching acute care nurses the teach-back method. The study involved administration of an evaluation tool to assess knowledge, attitudes, and use of teach-back prior to and 30 days after an education session. Nursing professional development practitioners can use the findings from this study to develop an education program to improve patient health literacy.

Carita K. Holman, DNP, FNP-C, is Clinical Nurse Practitioner, Troy University School of Nursing, Alabama.

L. Diane Weed, PhD, FNP-BC, is Professor, Troy University School of Nursing, Alabama.

Sabrina P. Kelley, DNP, FNP, is Assistant Professor, Troy University School of Nursing, Alabama.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Carita K. Holman, 625 19th Street South, JT718, Birmingham, AL 35249 (e-mail:

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