Title

Health Literacy: Improving Quality of Care in Primary Care Settings

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved

Publication Date

2006

Date Added

2022-07-12

Abstract

Good patient-clinician communication, where patients are able to understand the health information and treatment recommendations they receive and feel comfortable enough to ask questions or admit when they do not understand something, is vital to the successful management of a chronic illness. However, achieving this ideal level of communication is difficult due to individual and cultural differences in the way patients understand health concepts, view their role in their own health care, and how they view the role of clinicians. Patient-clinician communication is an umbrella under which different facets of the patient-clinician relationship, such as health literacy, culture and communication, rest. Communication, verbal, non-verbal, or written, must be sensitive to patients' language proficiency and reading ability and should be examined within the context of a patient's culture. Understanding the issues of health literacy, culture, and communication and its implications is a lynch pin to improving patient and clinician communication, quality care, and self-management of chronic health conditions.

DOI

10.1353/hpu.2006.0117

Keywords

Health

Disciplines

Public Health

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