Peptic Ulcer - 4 Key points on patient education
posted at 30/8/2011 3:43 PM BST on bmj.com
Patient education regarding causes, risk factors, and therapy of peptic ulcer disease is very essential for ulcer healing and for preventing ulcer recurrence. In this article, I'm focusing on 4 key points on peptic ulcer disease (PUD) patient education. The aim of this post is to help healthcare professionals who deliver (PUD) patient education to be prepared with the required knowledge, and so to "be informative" for their patients.
1- Set treatment goals in participation with the patient.
The main treatment goals for peptic ulcer diseases are:
2- Identify and modify risk factors.
This is achieved by: first, taking patient history regarding:
Then, helping the patient to modify these risk factors.
For example, modifying NSAIDs administration for peptic ulcer disease patients who are in need for NSAIDs. Another example, offering advice regarding foods and drinks to avoid by peptic ulcer patients.
3- Encourage proper medication use.
4- Always remember that good communication with the patient improves disease management.
These are the points that I found most critical in educating peptic ulcer diseases patients. You might have other ideas regarding this topic so, please let me know them. To know more about peptic ulcer disease, please visit Peptic Ulcer Disease Concept Map.