Latest Health literacy Stories

2008-09-30 12:00:15

Physicians, care providers and other stakeholders in quality health care delivery from across Connecticut are urged to attend an important conference this fall to learn more about the impact poor health literacy and racial and ethnic disparities in health care can have on patients, treating physicians and other care providers. Jointly presented in conjunction with National Health Literacy Month by the Greater Hartford Coalition (GHC) for Quality Healthcare and Aetna (NYSE: AET), the...

2008-09-04 03:00:07

By Rindfleisch, Terry A local health literacy partnership has been formed to help patients better understand medical information from their health care providers. Gundersen Lutheran, Franciscan Skemp and the La Crosse Area Community Literacy Coalition have created the Great Rivers Partners for Health-E People, a pilot project in the La Crosse area. Ruth Holst, associate director of the Great Midwest Region for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, said the collaboration between...

2008-08-13 15:01:02

Pointing to the increasing cost -- as much as $236 billion in unnecessary health care expenses annually due to the inability of patients to understand what medical providers are communicating to them -- the Institute for Healthcare Advancement (IHA) has created a new list of the ten most common errors providers make when communicating with patients. "To help Americans use our health care resources more effectively, providers must communicate clearly to their patients, including the nearly...

2008-07-08 18:00:09

To: MEDICAL EDITORS Contact: Danielle Davis, +1-312-861-5240, Danielle.Davis@mslpr.com, for Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation BELLEVUE, Wash., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when questions surround the U.S. health care system, two Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) Senior Health Fellows are working to influence U.S. health policy. Mary Beth Bigley, DrPH, MSN, ANP, and Catherine Wisner, PhD, FNP, nurse practitioners (NPs) and recipients of the NPHF's Health...

2008-07-07 12:00:48

"Drug list" instead of "formulary.""Person" instead of "member.""Pay" instead of "adjudicate." These are just a few examples of the words that CIGNA is beginning to use as part of its commitment to clear health communication - the topic of discussion at the CIGNA Foundation Forum on Health Literacy held last fall and outlined in CIGNA Foundation's new health literacy report. The report that is now available, Improving Health Begins with Understanding, features recommendations on how...

2008-06-30 15:03:02

"What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick," written by two registered nurses frustrated with the typical 11th grade reading level of most patient education materials, recently reached a 2 million copies sold mark since the book's initial publication in 2000. This milestone was made possible in part because of the ongoing search for a solution to rising healthcare costs. It's estimated that low health literacy adds $73 billion annually to U.S. health care costs in unnecessary medical expenses....

2007-07-01 06:18:47

By Markova, Tsveti Broome, Barbara Effective communication between patients and health care providers is a critical element to quality health care. Becoming aware of patients' attitudes, beliefs, biases, and behaviors that may influence patient care can help clinicians improve access to and quality of care. Health care providers should develop a strategic plan for improvement, then implement and evaluate the plan to include structured, continuously improving progress toward achieving...

2007-05-01 09:00:52

When St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland was looking for a new patient education solution, they turned to Krames. "Historically, we created our own patient education handouts," explained Marci Langbaum, Informatics Nurse Specialist at St. Joseph Medical Center. "But we were having trouble finding the time to keep our materials updated. We were looking for a source that could provide quality, current patient education across all our specialty areas and across the continuum of...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'