Patient Education: Bridging the Gap Between Inpatient and Ambulatory Care

Veronica Evans, Mary Foley, Linda Pagan, Judy Mason

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This article describes a model curriculum of perinatal education designed to bridge the gap between prenatal ambulatory care education and labor and delivery, postpartum and well child care in a high-risk population of inner city women. The curriculum, which consists of broad-based, maternal-child health information, was developed, implemented, and evaluated through an interdisciplinary approach. The initiative narrowed the preexisting gap between departments, increased clients’ knowledge, and promoted positive changes in clients’ behavior. The breadth of the curriculum content addresses the unquestionable need for perinatal education that will enhance compliance and empower clients toward health maintenance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-178
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 1993


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