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The Teach-Back Method

Compass encourages hospitals and clinics to take this pre-recorded webinar course with clinical and non-clinical staff as an introduction to the use of plain language and Teach-Back in the healthcare setting. It is also suitable for staff who have had exposure to the concepts, but may benefit from a refresher or additional practice to improve proficiency. A self-paced group exercise that is recommended to complete with a minimum of 2 people is included in the video. This course, in its entirety, will take an estimated 25 minutes to complete.

This pre-recorded webinar course was developed in support of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) in 2019.

Transcripts are available upon request. 

The Compass Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) is supported by contract number HHSM 500 2016 00070C from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents of this publication are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or any of its agencies.

Target Audience

Clinical and non-clinical personnel

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This course provides you with an overview of what Teach-Back training is, who can benefit from its use and how to use the Teach-Back method.

  • Define Teach-Back and its purpose
  • Define health literacy
  • Demonstrate the use of plain language
  • Describe the key elements for using Teach-Back correctly
  • Explain the value of Teach-Back in improving patient care and safety
  • Apply knowledge and skills to conduct Teach-Back throughout patient care

Michaelle Bahnsen, BSN, RN, CPC, Previous Clinical Quality Consultant, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative

No continuing education is provided for this course. The user will receive a certificate of completion upon completing the course.

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