To place my comments into perspective the Department of Health and Human Services study revealed 9 out of 10 American do not receive health information in a way they can use or understand. I believe the spirit of the Joint Commission regulation is to enhance the transfer of knowledge by identifying and addressing the barriers to learning... One of which is preferred learning style. While we all have preferred methods of learning research has shown a multi-modal approach is advantageous. I am most familiar with patient stated assessments to determine preference. I would love to hear of others methods that have been used that are effective and efficient in today;s workflow.
One area of required assessment is the primary learners desire and motivation to learn. I would love to learn from this community what tools have been used. Is this a possible use of the ACE or PAM instruments?
With in the spirit of the Joint Commission requirements is the assessment of the secondary learner. This is of growing importance as the Lay Care Givers acts are being rapidly adopted in each state requiring hospitals to ask all admissions if they would like to designate a lay care giver who will be involved in their preparation and discharge. The Lay Care Giver Acts differ by state. From a health literacy perspective the training of an additional learner as well all know is a best practice and an effective instrument in addressing some barriers to education. Like others I believe the "Universal Precautions for Low Health Literacy" provides significant guidance.
Additional requirements as part of the Accountable Care Act also provide continued emphasis on providing patient education in the patients preferred language as well as addressing low vision and hearing loss among other conditions.
I look forward to this ongoing discussion