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Doctors taking steps to ensure health instructions are clear

first_imgOn the WebLegacy Health’s Clear initiative and information on an upcoming health literacy conferenceWhat a physician says and what a patient hears can be two different things, especially for those among the nearly half of the U.S. adult population with low health literacy.Health literacy is defined by the Institute of Medicine as the capacity to obtain, understand and process basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.Nothing — not age, income, employment status, education level or racial group — affects health status more than literacy skills, according to the National Patient Safety Foundation.“When patients don’t take their medications the way we think they are, things can get worse and sometimes quickly,” said Dr. Kelley Aurand, a family practitioner at Legacy Medical Group’s Fisher’s Landing clinic.Legacy Health is combating health illiteracy with a new campaign called Clear: Communication, Literacy and Education Achieve Results. The goal is to promote health literacy awareness and provide tools to help patients overcome literacy challenges.last_img read more

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