In order to firmly position patients with the best opportunities to maximize their healthcare outcomes, providers should assume that every patient needs and wants easy-to-understand explanations about their medical problems and what to do about those problems.
This paper is the third 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 United States.
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: Health Literacy Universal Precautions,’ the authors introduce the health literacy universal precautions that healthcare teams can use to better identify low health literacy in their patients and methods to work with them on their individual levels to improve comprehension, compliance, and outcomes.