Health Literacy

Return to Emergency and Urgent Care sessions.

Estimated time to complete session: 60 min.

Learning Objectives

1. State the prevalence of limited health literacy among American adults.
2. Explain the implications of low health literacy for health knowledge and health care utilization.
3. Give three examples of common medical terms that people with limited health literacy often do not understand.
4. List four methods recommended for improving communication with patients.

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Barry D. Weiss, MD, Professor of Family & Community Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson; Medical Editor, AAFP’s FP Essentials; Associate Medical Editor, American Family Physician

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