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How can patient health literacy be improved?
- Creating a welcoming environment.
- Making use of printed information.
- Using basic language.
- Speaking at a measured pace.
- Asking questions.
- Encouraging questions.
How do you educate patients with low health literacy? To be effective with patients whose literacy skills are low, patient education materials should be short and simple, contain culturally sensitive graphics and encourage desired behavior. Compliance with therapy also may be improved by including family members in the patient education process.
What is health literacy and how can we improve it? Health literacy means your ability to collect and understand your health information so you can make the best decisions for your unique situation. Advertisement. Only about 12% of adults in the United States have good health literacy, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
How does health literacy affect patient education? When patients receive written health communication materials that don’t match their reading level, patient education is not effective. Additionally, when patients have low overall literacy skills but high verbal fluency, their verbal fluency can mask their inability to interpret written information.