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1 Patient Education Reference Center Tutorial

2 Welcome to EBSCOs Patient Education Reference Center (PERC) tutorial. In this tutorial, you will learn about many features in PERC. Step-by-step instructions on all aspects of PERC are available via the Help link in the upper-right corner of the product. Patient Education Reference Center is a comprehensive collection of evidence-based patient education information for clinicians to personalize and print at the point of care.

3 To find patient education materials in PERC you can perform a keyword search or browse for specific content. To perform a keyword search, enter your topic in the Find field and then click Search. PERC displays a Result List of documents that contain your search term.

4 The Result List items are presented on a series of tabs, sorted by source type. If available for the term or terms searched, the default Result List tab is Conditions. To view Result List items on the additional source type tabs, click each tab. To see all results, click the All Results tab. To view an individual item, click the Title.

5 If available, a Contents box is also included that contains links to specific topics within the full record. Clicking a link displays the topics.

6 PERC offers several screens where you can browse for specific document or information types. These browse screens are accessible via tabs in the PERC interface: Diseases & Conditions, Procedures & Lab Tests, Discharge Instructions, and Drug Information.

7 The Diseases & Conditions tab includes evidence-based patient education handouts on diseases, health conditions and injuries, written at the third-to seventh-grade reading level. You can browse by specifying a topic name or navigate all topics via the easy-to-use A-Z browse list. To view an item, click the title.

8 The Procedures & Lab Tests tab includes over 750 evidence-based patient education handouts on procedures and lab tests. You can browse by specifying a topic name or navigate all topics via the easy-to-use A-Z browse list.

9 The Discharge Instructions tab includes patient discharge handouts and how-to instructions with step- by-step illustrations. Each handout can be customized with patient specific information and care notes. You can browse by specifying a topic name or navigate all topics via the easy-to-use A-Z browse list.

10 The Drug Information tab provides a specific location to browse for detailed drug monographs and includes unique drugs searchable by generic and brand names. Drug information is written at the 6th to 7th-grade reading level. You can browse by specifying a topic name or navigate all topics via the easy- to-use A-Z browse list.

11 To obtain more precise search results when performing a keyword search, PERC offers an Advanced Search screen. The Advanced Search screen provides the capability to select specific document types, assign limiters, and indicate publication type.

12 PERC offers a variety of ways to print patient education handouts. Click the Print button on any topic screen and youll have the following options: simply print the document by clicking the print button, personalize the document by entering patient specific information. You can also Include an acknowledgement page for the patient to sign to acknowledge the receipt of the information.

13 PERC includes a personal folder area where you can store search results, persistent links to searches, saved searches, search alerts, and web pages. From the folder, you can print, e-mail, or save multiple results at the same time. If you have signed in to your PERC personal account, any items you collect in your folder are automatically saved at the end of the session.

14 You can also create custom folders in your personal folder area. Custom folders can be especially useful for organizing frequently accessed documents about specific medical conditions. Within each folder you can store as many documents as you need – such as Condition & Procedure Handouts, Discharge Instructions, and Drug Information.

15 PERC also features shared folder functionality which allows users to invite others to share their custom folders. Invited users subscribe to a shared folder by entering a passcode that is emailed to them into their own personal folder.

16 Returning to the Home Page, there are several resources available to you. The Spotlight area contains links to areas of interest in PERC. Health News provides links to top news stories via HealthDay news feeds. Search Other Services provides access to medical resources outside PERC. These resources might include other ESBCO services, a hospital guideline site or any other resources that are beneficial to nurses.

17 At any time, you can click on the Help link to view the complete online Help system.

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