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Teaching, learning, doing: best practices in education.

Abstract

As many as 90 million Americans lack basic skills needed to access, understand, and use health information and services to make healthy dietary choices. Effective teaching by physicians can bridge the learning gap and arrest the epidemic of obesity. The Academy at Harvard Medical School is developing best practices in teaching that will equip future doctors to reduce health illiteracy and promote positive changes in thinking and behavior in their patients. Models of how people learn can help physicians select tasks, questions, and prompts that advance teaching and learning. To keep and use new information, adults need to integrate new ideas into existing frameworks of understanding and participate in the learning process by linking new information to what is already known. By teaching patients how to read a single food label, starting with calories, physicians can set the stage for future learning. The process of change is challenging, particularly in adults. Best practices in teaching and learning can help physicians be more effective agents of change.

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  • Authors+Show Affiliations

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02215, USA. gblackbu@bidmc.harvard.edu

    Source

    The American journal of clinical nutrition 82:1 Suppl 2005 07 pg 218S-221S

    MeSH

    Academic Medical Centers
    Adult
    Food Labeling
    Humans
    Learning
    Obesity
    Patient Education as Topic
    Physician's Role
    Teaching

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
    Review

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    16002824

    Citation

    TY - JOUR T1 - Teaching, learning, doing: best practices in education. A1 - Blackburn,George L, PY - 2005/7/9/pubmed PY - 2005/8/19/medline PY - 2005/7/9/entrez SP - 218S EP - 221S JF - The American journal of clinical nutrition JO - Am. J. Clin. Nutr. VL - 82 IS - 1 Suppl N2 - As many as 90 million Americans lack basic skills needed to access, understand, and use health information and services to make healthy dietary choices. Effective teaching by physicians can bridge the learning gap and arrest the epidemic of obesity. The Academy at Harvard Medical School is developing best practices in teaching that will equip future doctors to reduce health illiteracy and promote positive changes in thinking and behavior in their patients. Models of how people learn can help physicians select tasks, questions, and prompts that advance teaching and learning. To keep and use new information, adults need to integrate new ideas into existing frameworks of understanding and participate in the learning process by linking new information to what is already known. By teaching patients how to read a single food label, starting with calories, physicians can set the stage for future learning. The process of change is challenging, particularly in adults. Best practices in teaching and learning can help physicians be more effective agents of change. SN - 0002-9165 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/16002824/full_citation L2 - https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/ajcn/82.1.218S ER -