Here is an eye-opening post from Stephen’s Lighthouse about the poor state of health literacy and how doctors can identify patients needing help:
6 signs of limited health literacy
Patients with low health literacy may:
- Fill in registration forms incompletely or inaccurately.
- Frequently miss appointments.
- Fail to follow through with laboratory tests, imaging tests or referrals to consultants.
- Say they are taking their medication, even though lab tests or physiological parameters do not change in the expected fashion.
- Say: “I forgot my glasses. I’ll read this when I get home”; “I forgot my glasses. Can you read this to me?”; or “Let me take this home so I can discuss it with my children.”
- Be unable to name their medications, explain what they are for or tell when they are supposed to take them.
Read the full post here: Health Literacy and Medical Consequences.
THL offers some reliable consumer health resources that can be used to help increase patient health literacy.