The Challenge of Healthcare Literacy
It has become difficult for many members of the population to keep up with the recent changes to the world of healthcare. From prescriptions to medical instructions, these updates have created a level of confusion for many members of the population to where they are unable to neither understand their own healthcare needs nor make informed choices. Healthcare professionals must make every effort to provide healthcare information in a comprehensible format, without creating a sense of shame for those who struggle with healthcare literacy. Providers have to make sure that the strategies utilized are clearly understood. With a new look and feel, this program provides healthcare personnel clear techniques to utilize when facing a population with low healthcare literacy, as well as the actions to take to help all patients make informed healthcare choices.
- Describe the prevalence of low healthcare literacy
- Identify some of the causes of low healthcare literacy
- Describe patient behaviors that help to identify those with low healthcare literacy
- Identify the components of an informed consent and techniques assisting patients make informed healthcare choices