The Teach Back Model

Teach-Back is a communication technique that promotes understanding between health care providers and patients. It is a method of asking patients to repeat in their own words what they need to know or do, in a non-shaming way. It is NOT a test of the patient, but of how well health care providers explained a concept or instructions. Teach-Back gives providers a chance to check for understanding and, if necessary, re-teach the information. Improving communication with patients can lead to improved treatment outcomes when patients understand fully what they need to know.

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