EBSCO Publishing Helps Hospitals Educate Patients with Patient Education Reference Center™

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New Resource Provides Patient Education across the Continuum of Care

Patient Education Reference Center delivers the most comprehensive, evidence-based patient education information in support of quality and satisfaction across the continuum of care. By realizing this goal, we hope to better educate patients and increase overall patient care.

The Internet is transforming medical care -- from the information patients can find online to medical records stored electronically -- so it makes sense that technology should also transform the information a patient takes home. EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO), a provider of evidence-based clinical information, is aiming to change how patients learn about their diagnoses and procedures. EBSCO has created Patient Education Reference Center™ (PERC), allowing clinicians and educators to access, personalize and print patient handouts at the point of care.

PERC is designed to offer patients the information they need to know at each stage of care. The database includes more than 12,000 handouts in English and Spanish covering diseases, conditions, procedures, lab tests, drug information and discharge instructions. PERC also provides patients and family members with resources about living with a condition or managing a disease, as well as wellness and prevention tips for improving overall health.

PERC handouts are designed to enhance patient knowledge and understanding. The handouts are written for the consumer and include the best available evidence-based information along with detailed medical illustrations. PERC handouts take patients through each step of treatment with timely information that is easy to comprehend so patients understand the care they receive and follow up properly.

Handouts can be personalized with patient-specific notes and documents can be sent via email. The database also lets hospitals document the handouts that a patient receives from a specific caregiver and an optional acknowledgment form is available. Since the handouts are available in a database format, they can be printed on demand. The content remains current because the handouts are regularly reviewed and updated.

Patient Education Reference Center allows healthcare providers and coordinators to create and share folders of the most-used handouts customized by department, disease, etc. PERC can also be integrated into electronic medical records to seamlessly deliver patient education content, allowing hospitals to provide consistent information throughout the clinical workflow.

EBSCO Publishing's Vice President of Customer Satisfaction and Medical Market Development, Stratton Lloyd, says the goal of PERC is to add patient education as an element of hospital care. "Patient Education Reference Center delivers the most comprehensive, evidence-based patient education information in support of quality and satisfaction across the continuum of care. By realizing this goal, we hope to better educate patients and increase overall patient care."

EBSCO Publishing uses a strict, seven-step process to determine whether conclusions are based on the best available evidence. The same approach that has made DynaMed™ and Nursing Reference Center™ essential evidence-based resources for doctors and nurses is used as the foundation for all of EBSCO's medical resources including Patient Education Reference Center.

For more information go to http://www.ebscohost.com/PERC.

About EBSCO Publishing
EBSCO Publishing is the world's premier database aggregator, offering a suite of more than 200 full-text and secondary research databases. Through a library of tens of thousands of full-text journals, magazines, books, monographs, reports and various other publication types from renowned publishers, EBSCO serves the content needs of all medical professionals (doctors, nurses, medical librarians, social workers, hospital administrators, etc.). The company's product lines include proprietary databases such as CINAHL®, DynaMed™, Nursing Reference Center™, SocINDEX™ and SPORTDiscus™ as well as dozens of leading licensed databases such as MEDLINE®, PsycARTICLES® and PsycINFO®. Databases are powered by EBSCOhost®, the most-used for-fee electronic resource in libraries around the world. For more information, visit the EBSCO Publishing Web site at: http://www.ebscohost.com, or contact: information@ebscohost.com.

EBSCO Publishing is a division of EBSCO Industries Inc., one of the largest privately held companies in the United States.

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