Every day, patients experience confusion, frustration, miscommunication, or a preventable adverse event at a doctor's appointment or during a visit to the hospital. Statistics show that a significant number of adverse events can be attributed to low health literacy levels in patients. This new product, Addressing Patients' Health Literacy Needs, addresses health literacy as it impacts patient safety and healthcare outcomes. This book thoroughly examines the health literacy crisis in the United States and provides techniques and suggestions for assessing and improving the health literacy of patients in healthcare organizations and bridging the communication gap between physicians and patients.
"This is an invaluable book for informing and motivating healthcare professionals to tackle this problem through evidence-based solutions."
-- Linda Shanta, PhD, MSN, BS (Walden University) Doody's Review
The purpose is to establish the crucial nature of the problem of healthcare illiteracy. This title also identifies patient cues related to a lack of understanding, and provides practical solutions for healthcare professionals to meet the challenges presented by the lack of health literacy.
The variety of resources offered by the book and additional materials, provide well-organized information that should be mandatory in the initial education of all students in healthcare professions.