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Self-Directed Learning and Adult Education: Overcoming the Medical Fog

Self-Directed Learning and Adult Education: Overcoming the Medical Fog
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Author(s): Valerie C. Bryan (Florida Atlantic University, USA), Kristin Brittain (Florida Atlantic University, USA) and Elizabeth Swann (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 19
Source title: Medical Education and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0978-3.ch045

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Abstract

Patients are increasingly being asked to take more responsibility for self-care in a complex healthcare system; this can be a challenge for even the most educated individual. Learning is central to health, health decisions, and self-care. Adult educators' insights regarding lifelong, self-directed learning are critical in helping adults learn about their disease and make informed decisions. This chapter presents documentation of self-directed learning in health education through a series of case studies with reflections. The authors draw attention to self-directed learning in the context of one's own personal health management and propose self-directed learning as a solution to the numerous barriers to personal health education. Ideas for increasing a self-directed approach when seeking health information are offered based on the case studies reviewed. Ideas regarding future research needs are included.

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