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Using “Teach-Back” to Promote a Safe Transition From Hospital to Home: An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving the Discharge Process

Journal of Pediatric Nursing 28(3):282 (2013) PMID 23220377

The “teach-back” process is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, evidence-based strategy which can empower nursing staff to verify understanding, correct inaccurate information, and reinforce medication teaching and new home care skills with patients and families. The Evidence-Based Practice Fellows at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin designed and implemented an educational intervention for nurses on “teach-back” which encouraged nurses to check for patients' and caregivers' understanding of discharge instructions prior to discharge. Pre and post survey data collected from nurses specifically demonstrated the positive effect “teach-back” could have on preventing medication errors while also simultaneously identifying areas for further study.

DOI: 10.1016/j.pedn.2012.10.007