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Educating Your Patients
Patient Education Checkup Week

December 1-7, 2014

Are Your Patient Education Materials Up-to-Date?

Replacing outdated patient education materials with updated versions is a simple yet effective risk management strategy. During "Patient Education Checkup Week," Dec. 1-7, 2014, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and OMIC urge Eye MDs and office administrators to audit all patient education materials and informed consent documents in their offices to ensure they are current. Accurate, timely patient education and informed consent materials can reduce malpractice risk.

The Academy's brochures, downloadable handouts, and booklets are completely rewritten and redesigned to meet health literacy standards and improve patient comprehension.

How do you if know your patient education materials are current?

  1. Visit the Academy Store to review a full line of peer-reviewed patient education materials.

  2. Visit OMIC’s Web site to ensure that you have the most current OMIC informed consent documents.

Set aside a time for a thorough review of all patient education brochures, informed consent documents and videos, and keep the following tips in mind:

Informed consent documents
  • include all possible risks with as much detail as possible;
  • include even rare complications so patients are aware;
  • are procedure-specific, especially for elective surgeries such as LASIK; and
  • document that no guarantee is made regarding outcome of procedure.
Good patient education
  • is clear, accurate, up-to-date and thorough;
  • avoids misleading statements, such as “eliminate glasses” or “safe and effective”;
  • is not overstated and does not instill unrealistic expectations in patient;
  • helps improve understanding of consent form risks;
  • serves as an “extender” of the oral conversation with patient; and
  • is developed by a reliable, professional source.
Take advantage of savings on all-new patient education materials during Patient Education Checkup Week. Order online or call 866.561.8558.