Patients and Families
Clear health communication is a critical component of the health care delivery system. It affects the continuum of care from prevention and screening to history taking to explaining a diagnosis and treatment.
For physicians and other health care providers, clear health communication is about helping patients to understand and act on health care information so they can follow medical instructions with the goal of improving health outcomes.
Millions of adult Americans - 90 million - have trouble understanding health information. This is known as low health literacy, and its scope and impact has serious consequences for individual patient outcomes and the health care system as a whole. The issue of health literacy is also fundamental to efforts to reduce health disparities. Clear health communication techniques can help public health professionals reduce health disparities by ensuring that health information is delivered in easy-to-understand, actionable and culturally relevant terms.
By following the path of this section for physicians/providers, you will learn about:
- The scope and impact of low health literacy in the United States
- How to identify those at greatest risk for low health literacy
- Clear health communication solutions for improving health literacy
- Grant and partnership opportunities for becoming part of the CHC movement
- Background materials and research that supports the evidence base for improving health literacy through clear health communication
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