Teaching by the nurse: how important is it to patients?


Journal Article

Few studies address patients' perceptions of the importance of education by a nurse and how this relates to their view of quality care. This article reports on a secondary data analysis that examined the influence of demographic and background characteristics and health status on the importance of teaching to patients (n = 239) in ambulatory care. Health education by nurses was important to patients, some more than others. Teaching for health promotion was more important to men than to women (t = 2.51, p = 0.01) and more important to Blacks than to Whites (t = 3.43, p = 0.001). As patients' educational level increased, it was less important to have a nurse in ambulatory care teach them about their illness and treatments and about health promotion. Patient education and being able to call a nurse with questions were significantly more important to patients with lower incomes and lower mental and emotional health scores.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Oermann, MH; Harris, CH; Dammeyer, JA

Published Date

  • February 2001

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 11 - 17

PubMed ID

  • 11172225

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11172225

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1532-8201

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0897-1897

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1053/apnr.2001.9236


  • eng