Are you aware of your patients’ ability to understand and act on the information you give them? There is evidence that health care providers overestimate what patients are able to understand. Low health literacy is associated with higher mortality, higher rates of hospitalization and readmission, and poor self-management skills for chronic disease.
To learn how to better communicate with patients, attend a Communicating with Patients Workshop on Feb. 12, noon-1 p.m., at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL), Classroom LL03. The workshop will cover the basics of health literacy, provide suggestions for putting difficult medical jargon into plain language, and introduce tools that will assist you in creating easy-to-read materials.
For details and to register, visit the HS/HSL workshop scheduled website.