“Seeks to confirm patient’s understanding”. Kate Culley ST3 Lighthouse medical Practice. What?. un·der·stand·ing "http://dictionary.reference.com/audio.html/lunaWAV/U00/U0064800" noun 1.
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ST3 Lighthouse medical Practice
mental process of a person who comprehends; comprehension; personal interpretation: My understanding of the word does not agree with yours.
intellectual faculties; intelligence; mind: a quick understanding.
superior power of discernment; enlightened intelligence: With her keen understanding she should have become a leader.
knowledge of or familiarity with a particular thing; skill in dealing with or handling something: an understanding of accounting practice.
a state of cooperative or mutually tolerant relations between people: To him, understanding and goodwill were the supreme virtues.
‘frame questions in such a way that the patient will need to give a full response in order to assess their understanding, eg, “tell me what you understand by...” rather than “do you understand?” which may only require a yes or no answer.’
MPS GP registrar autumn 2011
EXPLANATION AND PLANNING
Providing the correct amount and type of information
‘ A patient’s understanding depends not only on the material he or she receives but also on the way the patient assimilates that information and translates into actionable beliefs, based upon cultural and individual values and beliefs as well as past experiences.’