This study describes patients' perceptions of different types of patient education interventions and areas where patient education should be improved on psychiatric wards. Thematic interviews were conducted with 16 patients who had completed the information technology (IT)-based patient education, conventional patient education with leaflets or patient education according to ward standards during their hospital stay. Data were analysed using inductive content analysis. Patients' perceptions of patient education varied depending on which patient education group they had participated in. Patients participating in IT-based or conventional patient education perceived education as a systematic and planned process. However, especially patients in the patient education group applying ward standard education perceived patient education as occasional information dissemination situations. To improve patient education, patients suggested that it should be based on their individual needs and offered with different methods systematically to all patients. The results indicate that patients find structured and systematic patient education programmes useful. Different educational methods should be used, not forgetting interaction between patient and nurse, which was reportedly as an essential element of patient education.
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