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Teach Back - Helping patients understand their diagnosis and treatment plan


Research has shown that many patients remember less than 50% of what a health professional tells them about their condition and/or how to manage at home. The “teach-back” method is an effective way of ensuring that patients understand the information that health professionals share. It also increases a patient’s compliance with protocols and improves treatment outcomes.

Cancer Care Nova Scotia has developed a learning module which uses video demonstrations of the teach-back method for patient teaching in an oncology setting.

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