While the levels of knowledge and care you’ll receive at Georgia Kidney Consultants are second to none, we still strongly encourage all our patients to take an active role in their health care management. There are many benefits to patient education, which is why we at GKC are willing to assist patients with gathering knowledge in any way we can.
First and foremost, patient education allows patients to become more well-informed about any health conditions, as well as their health in general. Education can also reduce anxiety when it comes to treatment options and increase trust between the patient and physician.
Since they are then more knowledgeable, patients are able to take a more active role in their health care in many cases. Sometimes, patients can even take care of certain parts of managing a chronic condition, although there will still be aspects that only a professional should administer.
Better education can also lead to increased levels of motivation in patients, as well as better therapeutic outcomes. Logically speaking, better understanding of treatment goals and outcomes can serve as a motivating tool for patients. In turn, this would of course improve their respective general health as well.
Finally, better patient education can also have a positive effect on the health care system as a whole. Educated patients can reduce the number of unnecessary appointments, which saves time for both the patient and the physician.