Your documentation of patient teaching should take place throughout the entire teaching process. Documentation is done for several purposes. Documentation promotes communication about the patient’s progress in learning among all health care team members. Good documentation helps maintain continuity of care and avoids duplication of teaching. Documentation also serves as evidence of the fulfillment of teaching requirements for regulatory and accrediting organizations such as the JCAHO, provides a legal record of teaching, and is mandatory for obtaining reimbursement from third party payers. Documentation of patient teaching can be done via flow-charts, checklists, care plans, traditional progress notes, or computerized documentation. Whatever the method, the information must become a part of the patient’s permanent medical record. Table 6 shows suggestions on what to document and how.