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Medical Team Looking at Xray Nurse Talking with Senior Patient

The teach-back method, also called the "show me" method, is a communication confirmation method used by healthcare providers to confirm whether a patient (or caretaker) understands what is being explained to them. If a patient understands, they are able to "teach-back" the information accurately. Tools and resources are provided here to help providers develop and track teach-back methods.

Teach-Back Infographic

1NC Program on Health Literacy (2007). NC Health Literacy. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved December 1, 2015, from

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Always Use Teach-Back

The purpose of this training toolkit "Always Use Teach-Back," found at, is to help healthcare providers learn to use teach-back to support patients and families throughout the care continuum, especially during transitions between healthcare settings. The toolkit combines health literacy principles of plain language and using teach-back to confirm understanding, with behavior change principles of coaching to new habits and adapting systems to promote consistent use of key practices.

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What Is Teach-Back

This video, from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (, explains the purpose of teach-back and discusses the most important thing to keep in mind when using it with patients. 

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