Health Professionals
Health Professionals
Teach Back Method
Helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plan



Research has shown that many patients remember less than 50% of what their health professional told them about their condition or how to manage at home. The “teach-back” method is an effective way to ensuring that patients understand what you have told them. It will also increase a patient’s compliance and improve treatment outcomes.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia has developed a learning module that uses video demonstrations of the teach-back method in an oncology setting. It gives examples of how clinicians can provide patient teaching that will improve patient understanding, compliance with protocols and lead to better treatment outcomes.

The learning module is available on both the Capital Health Learning Module System (LMS) and the Healthcare Nova Scotia Learning Management System.

Instructions for Capital Health physicians and staff on accessing the LMS system and using the module.

Instructions for health care professionals outside Capital Health on accessing the LMS system and using the module.