Historical glimpses of patient education in the United States

Patient Educ Couns. 1986 Jun;8(2):135-49. doi: 10.1016/0738-3991(86)90085-6.


Many forces within and outside patient education have influenced the development and current status of this field. This paper traces the historic growth of patient education from the Formative era through the Contemporary period. The analysis sheds light on the important issues and controversies which patient education advocates are facing during the current period of growing cost containment, privatization and conglomeration of health care, excess supply of physicians and hospital beds, and consumer activism.

Publication types

  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Nurses
  • Patient Education as Topic / history*
  • Public Health / history
  • Role
  • United States