After you develop your plan you are ready to begin teaching.
Keep in mind you will get the best results when you are meeting the patient's needs. This includes selecting the right time -- that teachable moment. If you teach only at a time that fits your schedule, your efforts may not be as effective.
It is unlikely that you will even have all the time you'd like for patient teaching. It may help to give your patient written or audiovisual resources before your meeting. This may help reduce the patient's anxiety and save you time. The option of providing resources ahead of time will depend on your patient's needs and the resources you have available.
Talk about all the topics that will be covered and set time frames. For example, you may say, "Over the next few days or visits we will cover these 5 topics, and we will start with this one." Your patient may agree, or the patient may express a strong desire to go out of order, based on a perceived or real concern.
Deliver patient teaching in small chunks. Avoid overloading your patient. If your patient is willing to try only 2 of the 4 lifestyle changes you suggest, leave the door open for further talks about the other changes.
If you are teaching certain skills to your patient, check for the patient's mastery of the first skill before you move on to the next one. And stay alert to barriers your patient may face in at home.
Talk about what to do if the patient's condition changes. This will help the patient feel more in control and feel a greater partnership in his or her own health care process.
Lastly, remember that small steps are better than none.