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What strategies can be used to increase health literacy in patients?
- Creating a welcoming environment.
- Making use of printed information.
- Using basic language.
- Speaking at a measured pace.
- Asking questions.
- Encouraging questions.
How do you develop health education materials?
- Use visuals as much as possible (DVDs or printed illustrations) of anatomical features of the specific system that relates to the patient’s problem or need.
- Choose books, pamphlets, and/or brochures that are written at a third to fifth grade level.
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.
How can patient education skills be improved?
- Demonstrate Interest and Establish Trust.
- Adapt to the Patient’s Learning Style.
- Use Innovative and Age-Appropriate Education Materials.
- Ask Patients to Explain Information Back to You.
- Educate the Patient’s Family or Caretaker.