The purpose of this study was to find out what patient-centered health teaching programs are currently being carried on in medical institutions belong to the Association of Seventh-day Adventist Self-Supporting Institutions. This organization is composed of representatives of the General Conference of the church and representatives of various private enterprises. Objectives of medical institutions belonging to this organization include care of the sick, and the improvement of patents' health through education of the patient.
A descriptive survey included all A. S. I. medical institutions licensed for overnight care of patients. These institutions were located in 29 states. The survey was accomplished thought the technique of questionnaire mailed directly to institutional administrators, and accompanied by an explanatory letter inviting their participation. Of 127 questionnaires mailed, 101 responses were received.
Nursing homes and sanitariums represented approximately 50 per cent of institutions responding to the questionnaire; hospitals represented 20 per cent; and the rest of the responses were divided among rest homes and other similar type facilities. Hospitals tended to be licensed for more beds than nursing homes or rest homes; but occupancy was higher in the nursing home and rest home groups.
Approximately one-third of the institutions on all three groups reported planned patient-centered health teaching programs being carried on. Individualized teaching pertaining to the patient's illness appeared to be the type of teaching most commonly used. A larger number of institutions were using health literature for teaching than were using any other method. There appeared to be little relationship between registered nurse-patient ratios and the presence of planned patient-centered health teaching programs in hospitals. Nurse-patient ratios were much higher in nursing homes and rest homes which were doing health teaching, than in those which were not.
More institutions reported an interested in health education materials than are actually carrying on planned health teaching programs at the present time. It was concluded that more institutions would engage in such programs if leadership in the field of health education together with suitable health teaching materials were made available.
Interest in health education, shown by administrators of A. S. I. medical institutions, indicates the possibility for development of a stronger and more effective program of patient-centered health education through the medium of planned leadership and individual participation.
Ruth M. White
Robert W. Woods
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Hamilton, Marian Davenport, "A Survey of Patient-centered Health Teaching Programs in a Selected Group of Medical Institutions" (1963). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1466.
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