Best practice recommendations ask the healthcare professional to assume that every patient may have difficulty understanding and take the steps to create an environment where all patients can thrive.
This paper is the second installment in a comprehensive four-part series that will cover health literacy, the correlation to the social determinants of health, and how these factors result in health disparities in the U.S.
Part I: Assessing for Health Literacy
Part II: Addressing Health Literacy: Educating Staff
Part III: Addressing Health Literacy: Health Literacy Universal Precautions
Part IV: The Future of Successfully Addressing Low Health Literacy with Social Determinants of Health
In ‘Addressing Health Literacy: Educating Staff’, we assert that healthcare professionals must meet patients where they are in order to deliver high-quality that ensures patients understand the instructions and are active participants in the conversation and action steps for their health.