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Patient Education Center: Patient Education Materials

Patient Education and COVID-19

Office of Patient Education closes Barbara Woodward Lips Patient Education Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Beginning today, March 17, 2020, the Barbara Woodward Lips Patient Education Resource Center at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is closed until further notice as part of the Rochester campus's COVID-19 preparedness planning.  All EPIC scheduled patient education classes are cancelled.  Patient education center staff are notifying all affected patients that their future class appointments have been cancelled at this time.

How do I find approved patient education materials?


You can use the Office of Patient Education's database to find approved materials that have been created or selected to serve the needs of your department and patients. These include:


  • Pamphlets in multiple languages
  • Video on Demand covering more than 900 topics
  • Classes free of charge for Mayo patients and employees
  • Books 

To find the Office of Patient Education intranet page:

  • From Library Home page, select Patient Education in the left hand databases menu.
  • From the Rochester Homepage, select clinical tools from the left hand navigation and click on patient education.

To find pamphlets for your patient:

  • Use the Patient Education search box and enter a term or the title of a brochure
  • If you know the title of the item you want, use the dropdown menu to sort by title. If you want to see everything available on a topic, sort by relevancy.
  • To find items that can be printed, sort by printable. Click on the title to read about the item or click on the adobe to view and print the item.
  • Use the MC or MIC number to order the item from the warehouse through Lawson.
  • Notice the filters on the right. These allow you to search by medium. 

If you want materials in Spanish, Arabic, Somali or another language:

  • Select the language from the drop down box, then enter your search terms into the search box and click search.

Didn’t find what you want? Try this:

  • Try a plain language term, i.e. heart attack, stroke, cancer
  • Add terms to narrow the search. You do not need to use “and” , i.e. Parkinson’s  nutrition 

To find videos:

  • The Office of Patient Education has approved more than 900 videos on topics such as preparing for procedures, managing health conditions and self care. These can be found in the database using the search box. Some titles can be ordered through the warehouse to be stocked in your area and given to your patients and others are available on the Video on Demand system. 
  • The Video on Demand (VOD) system contains more than 500 titles. VOD allows patients to see a video from any in-house television. Channel 999, general patient education, is available in most areas. Channel 123, pediatric patient education, is available in pediatric areas. 

Didn’t find what you want?

  • Please call the Office of Patient Education at 4-8140 for assistance finding an item in the database or:
  • Use the Patient Education Contacts link to find a Patient Education Specialist in your area for individualized assistance