You always here the saying – “there are two types of learning. 1. Visual, 2. Auditory Most doctors talk with patients about their conditions. Many use models and diagrams to help enhance the learning environment.
Visual Aids Enhance the Patient Experience
I personally keep a flat screen monitor on the wall in my patient consultation office. I have an archived folder of diagrams, charts, videos, and other visual aids to show patients during their appointments. The use of these visual aids helps in several ways:
- It saves time. Visual learning is faster. You can teach a concept to your patients in half the time.
- It helps prevent confusion. A confused patient is less compliant to your treatment protocols. Reduced compliance = poor patient outcome.
- It keeps you – the doctor – on target with the conversation. It is easy to get side tracked and get behind on time. Making patients wait is not a good practice.
- Visual aids can be printed out and given to your patients to show family members. This helps your patient explain treatment and helps over come a common barrier of compliance – spouse disapproval.
- Visual aids can be used to help educate your staff members as well. An educated staff = greater patient compliance and increased office sales.
Below are a few of the visual aids that I commonly use to help my patients understand:
Bottom line – make sure you have a helpful arsenal of visual aids in your office and use them often. An educated patient refers new patients and preaches your message of health to the rest of the world with confidence.
To your success,