Patient education and the nursing process: meeting the patient's needs

Nephrol Nurs J. Mar-Apr 2005;32(2):211-4; quiz 215.


The ultimate goal of patient educational programs is to achieve long-lasting changes in behavior by providing patients with the knowledge to allow them to make autonomous decisions to take ownership of their care as much as possible and improve their own outcomes. Patient education is an integral part of the nursing process, and nephrology nurses can use this process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate an effective and individualized patient education program.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Goals
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / nursing*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / psychology
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Nursing Process
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Patient Care Planning / organization & administration
  • Patient Education as Topic / organization & administration*
  • Psychology, Educational
  • Renal Dialysis / adverse effects
  • Renal Dialysis / methods
  • Renal Dialysis / nursing*
  • Renal Dialysis / psychology
  • Teaching / organization & administration