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2010-09-28 20:24:50

Researchers from Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) have found that individuals who do not speak English at home are less likely to receive colorectal cancer screenings (CRC) as compared to those who do speak English at home. The findings, which currently appear on-line in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, suggest that patient-provider language barriers play a role in health-care disparities, and that providers should promote the...

2010-09-15 23:22:15

Studies show that nearly half of all Americans have difficulty understanding health information. Confusing medical directions, such as dosage and timing of prescription medicine, can lead to serious consequences including health setbacks, inappropriate hospital admissions and, sometimes, death. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Health Professions are examining what health care facilities can do to increase patient understanding and positive outcomes. Diane Smith, an...

2010-08-09 12:37:00

FORT WORTH, Texas, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- DSS Research, the leader in market research for the health insurance industry, developed a proprietary set of metrics that gauge the level of engagement in health care on the part of the consumer. This quarter we added extra questions to further test the relationship between different literacy measures and the level of engagement amongst commercial and Medicare populations and the uninsured. Consumer engagement is at the forefront of many...

2010-07-07 15:01:02

According to a new study published in Pain Approximately 10% of low back pain (LBP) sufferers experience persistent pain and significant disability. In a study published in the August issue of Pain, a group of Australian researchers investigating the relevance of health literacy in patients with chronic lower back pain (CLBP) found that LBP-related beliefs and behaviors affect a person's disability more than pain intensity or a standard measure of functional health literacy. However, when...

2010-05-10 09:12:00

Format, Appearance, Content and Language Covered in Recommendations to Help Address Problem of Poor Health Literacy ROCKVILLE, Md., May 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- To promote the establishment of universal standards for prescription medication labels -- and to address the widespread problem of patient misinterpretation of medication instructions -- an advisory panel formed by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently issued a set of recommendations to bring consistency to...

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2010-05-10 11:28:43

Format, appearance, content and language covered in recommendations to help address problem of poor health literacy To promote the establishment of universal standards for prescription medication labels"”and to address the widespread problem of patient misinterpretation of medication instructions"”an advisory panel formed by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) recently issued a set of recommendations to bring consistency to labeling on dispensed prescription packaging. The...

2010-05-03 07:42:55

Nearly 85 percent of adolescents at risk of overdosing on acetaminophen The majority of teens say they have never heard of acetaminophen "“ or what the appropriate dosing of it is even with access to the label instructions "“ despite having taken the medication recently, according to a new University of Rochester Medical Center Study assessing teens' health literacy. More than 60 percent of the teens in the study had never before heard of acetaminophen despite 21 percent of them...

2010-02-17 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning actress and heart health advocate, Andie MacDowell, and Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002-2006), have partnered to highlight the importance of effective communication between patients and health care professionals (HCPs) by introducing an innovative program: Time to Talk CARDIO - Creating A Real Dialogue In the Office. Time to Talk CARDIO is designed to help patients and health care...

2009-12-08 12:14:00

OAKLAND, Calif., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente together with the National Patient Safety Foundation and the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems today announced the "Patient Safety Initiative at America's Public Hospitals." This two-year program is designed to enhance patient safety programs at public hospitals to ensure safe, high-quality care for vulnerable and low-income populations that depend on publicly supported health care institutions for medical...

2009-10-31 13:30:13

Health literacy rates are lower for the disabled and those with lower English proficiency According to the Institute of Medicine, more than 90 million Americans suffer from low health literacyÂ, a mismatch between patients' abilities to understand healthcare information and providers' abilities to communicate complex medical information in an understandable manner. In two recent studies, researchers at the University of Missouri found that two groups "” those with limited...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.