The objective of this assignment is to empower you to critically evaluate and rewrite discharge instructions to enhance their patient-centeredness. By applying principles of clear communication, comprehensiveness, and patient empowerment, you will develop skills in crafting discharge instructions that prioritize patient understanding and engagement.


As we explored in the discussion board assignment, good discharge instructions can have a significant impact on patient health outcomes and compliance with their plan of care. As healthcare professionals, we must be able to recognize poor quality, ineffective teaching/learning materials and be able to provide patients with the details they need to make informed decisions and take an active role in their healthcare.


For this assignment, you will rewrite and expand upon the discharge instructions provided in the M5 A1 Discussion Board assignment. Recreate those instructions with improvements in the following areas:

  • Clarity: Evaluate the clarity of language and instructions. Identify any medical jargon, complex terminology, or unclear wording that may hinder patient understanding.
  • Comprehensiveness: Assess whether the instructions cover essential information such as diagnosis, treatment plan, medication regimen, follow-up care instructions, and warning signs for potential complications.
  • Identify any gaps or missing information.
  • Readability: Evaluate the readability of the instructions. Consider the reading level required to understand the instructions and identify opportunities to simplify language and improve readability.
  • Patient-Centeredness: Reflect on the extent to which the instructions empower patients to take an active role in their care. Identify opportunities to provide patients with actionable information, guidance, and resources to manage their health post-discharge.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Consider the cultural and linguistic needs of diverse patient populations. Identify opportunities to tailor the instructions to meet the needs of patients from different cultural backgrounds.

You may include images/pictures/graphics, but must provide a citation to give credit to the author/creator of those images. IF you use images/graphics, it is suggested that you save the file in PDF prior to submitting.


  • A title page is NOT required for this assignment
  • Please provide a reference list and in-text citations for sources that you use to recreate the instructions
  • Limit your discharge instructions to 2 pages or less. Remember that patients want comprehensive, yet concise information.