When health care providers need information for their patients…think Patient Education database…

August 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

When patients and family members request information from their health care providers, using the Patient Education database is a great place to start!  The database is a repository for over 7,400 patient education resources on a variety of subjects, which utilizes a simple keyword search.

By using a keyword to search, you can find all current brochures, pamphlets, flyers, or posters on a variety of health care topics.  You may search by word, language (Arabic, Bosnian/Serbian, Cambodian, Chinese, French, German, and Hmong to name but a few), sort by relevancy, title, or printable versions) and may have 20-200 citations per page!  If you are looking for printable versions only, that can be selected and those Mayo Clinic produced brochures appear on the screen in Adobe format for easy printing of a single copy.  If multiple copies are needed for a specific department, ordering can be done through the Lawson system.

All materials are approved by the Patient and Health Education Subcommittee which is an interdisciplinary group of health care providers.  Documents that are Mayo Clinic produced will have an MC number in the lower right hand corner of the back of the document.  Other brochures, from reputable health care organizations like the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the like will have an MIC number but can also be ordered through the Lawson system.

Other features of the database include classes for patients at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, video on demand presentations available for patients in their hospital rooms, patient educator contacts for each department, health literacy information, scheduled Patient Education Grand Rounds presentations, patient education policies, and current research on patient education topics.

Also linked for you on the Patient Education database home page are the Cancer Education Center, MayoClinic.com, Healthfinder, Medline Plus (National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health consumer health site) and Micromedex (medication information).

Consider adding the Patient Education database to your favorites list and encourage health care providers to do the same!

Carol Ann Attwood
Patients’ Library, Mayo Clinic in Arizona

Susan Mayer
Patient Education Resource Center
Mayo Clinic in Rochester



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