Family Medicine pp 1835-1844 | Cite as

Patient Health Education

  • H. Winter Griffith
  • Peter Attarian
  • William T. Harrison


The amount of patient education practiced by physicians with their own patients is increasing. There are two reasons for this which have been demonstrated in research studies and which account for the renewed interest in patient education. First, patients prefer to learn about their health problems and how to deal with them from their own physicians. Alternative sources are chosen only when an individual has no access to a personal physician. Second, a number of studies confirm that the most successful patient health educational experiences take place when there is a strong, continuing relationship between teacher and learner based on mutual trust and respect.


Patient Education Patient Educa House Visit Regular Medical Care Interpersonal Communication Skill 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Winter Griffith
  • Peter Attarian
  • William T. Harrison

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