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Health Literacy

Health Literacy: Huh?

Dr. Michael R. Mantell | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael R. Mantell

Without easy access, the ability to understand information, the skill in communicating concerns to raise appropriate questions, to be able to process information wisely, and then to act upon this information, I'm afraid we're still looking at very limited literacy.

Health Literacy: An Unrecognized Problem in Our Health Care System

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 02.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

Americans are fortunate to have access to some of the best health care in the world, but each time we ignore the opportunity to establish thoughtful, effective communication among all our health-related entities and the people and communities they serve, everyone loses.

Improving Your Health Care Experience: A New Model

Dr. Howard K. Koh | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics
Dr. Howard K. Koh

At each visit, you should feel assured that you are at the center of the care process. You should be greeted in a welcoming manner, encouraged to ask questions, invited to give feedback regarding your experience, and receive simple follow-up information after you leave.

Simple Tips for Creating Patient-Friendly Health Materials

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Clear communication from doctors, nurses, hospitals and clinics is essential for patients to manage their health care effectively. But creating easily understood materials isn't simple.

Illiterate? Read This!

Carine Fabius | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Carine Fabius

Can a lack of basic reading skills make you sick? I would not have readily made that connection but the answer is yes. According to the NNLM, a U.S. government agency.

Eat Less, Live More? Science, the Media and Health Behavior

Joseph F. Coughlin | Posted 09.26.2012 | Science
Joseph F. Coughlin

Science, in the media and in public discussion, means that anything that runs counter to the dominant myth of how science is done and how knowledge is generated is subject to public question at best, and more often harsh criticism or humor.

Plain English About Ounces, Pounds, Dollars and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The way we respond to obesity and related chronic disease in the U.S. is like waiting to send every adult to night school to learn English -- painfully, poorly, expensively, and late -- rather than having them grow up speaking fluently all along.

Get Your Doctor to Stop Using Medical Jargon

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Physicians do a terrible job at assessing a patient's health literacy. We are educating a new generation of doctors and nurses to use plain language, but in the meantime there are some steps you can take so you don't fall into the same trap that I did.

This Song Could Save Your Life!

Mache Seibel, MD | Posted 05.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Mache Seibel, MD

To help people overcome their fear, I wrote a colonoscopy song. My idea is that if people can sing about something, they can talk about it. And if they can talk about it, they can do something about it.

Alzheimer's Disease: Is Our Health Care System Ready?

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

Not enough attention seems focused on ensuring health care systems' preparedness to deal with cognitive health issues -- with Alzheimer's Disease as the most dramatic example.