Computer-based patient education

L. B.M. Ellis

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Health professionals involved in direct ambulatory care spend an appreciable part of each day instructing patients in treating a current illness or preventing a future illness. Many different media, such as printed material, films, and audiotapes, have assisted in this endeavor; computers are the newest of these and offer opportunities for active learning not present in most other media. This article provides an overview of the present state of computer-based patient education and suggests guidelines for the development and use of such educational materials. It emphasizes general techniques applicable to a wide range of patients and conditions and excludes more specialized applications for rehabilitation and training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)547-555
Number of pages9
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes


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