Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand, Manual for Clinicians

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Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand, Manual for Clinicians

Weiss B. Health Literacy and Patient Safety: Help Patients Understand, Manual for Clinicians. [Booklet]. Http://med.fsu.edu/userFiles/file/ahec_health_clinicians_manual.pdf Published May 2007. Accessed July 25, 2014. In the pages that follow, this manual reviews the problem of health literacy, its consequences for the health care system, and the likelihood that a clinician’s practice includes patients with limited literacy. The manual then provides practical tips for clinicians to use in making their office practices more “user friendly” to patients with limited literacy, and gives suggestions for improving interpersonal communication between clinicians and patients. Finally, the manual concludes with several “case discussions” based on vignettes in the accompanying instructional video.

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