Tag: "literacy" at medical news
ACP and ACP Foundation launch 3-year effort to improve diabetes care
...norities, non-English speakers, and those with low literacy
levels -- groups for whom existing diabetes education materials are particularly limited. "Internists provide most of the care of people with diabetes in the United States," said Charles K. Francis, MD, FACP, FACC, president of ACP. "We believe this...
Group-based education improves diabetes self-management, studies find
...o eat and to read labels." Patients with low or no literacy
also may be more difficult to reach, Deakin adds. "If literacy
is a problem, we have to deliver education in another format that people don't have to read."...
Poor health literacy associated with poorer physical and mental health
...nt) health literacy. Individuals with lower health literacy
were more likely to have never smoked and to absta...archers report. Individuals with inadequate health literacy
had significantly higher rates of certain chronic conditions, including high blood pressure, diabete...
American College of Physicians Foundation convenes conference
...ove health outcomes among patients with low health literacy
levels. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, physician...edicine (IOM). Top experts in the fields of health literacy
and health communication will gather from around the country for the 4th Annual National Health Comm...
Nov/Dec 2005 Annals of Family Medicine tip sheet
...as many as half of all American adults lacking the literacy
skills required to function adequately in the heal...re available only in English. The NVS is the first literacy
screen available in both English and Spanish, and it NVS can be administered in an average of only t...
Physicians: Simple 'instrument' allows medical staff to check patients' literacy
... to a new tool designed to assess patients' health literacy
skills quickly and simply, thanks to medical schoo... chief goals are to improve recognition of limited literacy
and its effect on health and health care. The Newest Vital Sign is a simple, six-question assessment...
Professor's research with hand-held device brings speech to impaired and disabled individuals
...articipant in word retrieval," he says. Speech and literacy
skills are important objectives in the education and rehabilitation of individuals who use augmentative communication, Loncke says. "For this reason, it is important to find out how the use of a speech-generating communication device affects the deve...
Low-income patients reduce heart risk via Internet
... better health care and that this enhanced patient literacy
might begin to bridge what he calls the "medical divide" the divergent health status and medical outcomes for higher- versus lower- income patients. "The most important thing to improve patient compliance is to have the patient address their physic...
Awareness, analysis of tobacco advertising may go long way (baby) to prevent teen smoking
...edicine developed a scale to measure smoking media literacy
(SML), or the ability to analyze and evaluate the ...nal medicine, and lead author of the study. "Media literacy
is one of the few areas in which we can actively affect change." More than 1,200 suburban Pittsburgh...
$500,000 grant launches health literacy project to benefit older adults
...llustrate a glaring national problem -- low health literacy
levels among our nation's fastest growing populati...lth Literacy. The group aims to improve the health literacy
of adults and families and brings faculty and staff together from the colleges of Nursing; Communica...
Lower literacy means poor health and poor health care access for older people
People aged 70 years and older with limited literacy
skills are one and one half to two times as likely...hest medication and disease burden. Adding limited literacy
to the list of problems makes these elders particularly vulnerable to poor outcomes, as we found in ...
Health researchers working to improve the lives of the most vulnerable Canadians
...h in disadvantaged circumstances, people with poor literacy
skills, and women in precarious circumstances are all vulnerable populations. "Canadians and the Canadian health care system will benefit greatly from this innovative and important research," said Dr. Miriam Stewart, Scientific Director of the CIHR I...
SOPHE journals examine new research & practice solutions
... on the front lines discuss ways to improve health literacy
and to encourage communities to eliminate health disparities, as well as innovative mentoring programs to encourage a more diverse public health workforce. "It is critical that we not only create our own research agenda," writes Stephen Gambescia,...
Low literacy increases risk of death and misunderstanding of medical consent forms
...the University of California, San Francisco. "Poor literacy
appears to have long-lasting effects on patients' ... medical consent information," asserts Sudore. The literacy
and mortality study analyzed data on 2,512 participants in the Health, Aging, and Body Composition S...
Teens half as likely to smoke if they are wise to subliminal messages in cigarette ads
...ndicates. Teens with above-average smoking media literacy
(SML) are nearly half as likely to smoke as their ...ich often fail to achieve the intended goal. Media literacy
training could be more useful in decreasing smoking rates, the University of Pittsburgh study sugges...
Kennedy Krieger awarded $9 million to study learning disabilities in growing ranks of adolescents
...number of today's adolescents struggling with weak literacy
skills presents an urgent national concern, yet ve...te substantially to an understanding of adolescent literacy
in ways that will translate into practical applications for educators." Dr. Martha Denckla, Direc...
New study on relationship between literacy and understanding of prescription labels
...s, 2100 C Street NW, Washington, DC News: Health literacy
expert and chairperson of the ACP Foundation's Pat...results of a new study on the relationship between literacy
and understanding of container and auxiliary labels for prescription medications. The study, "To Err...
New family health history projects focus on Alaska Native, Appalachian communities
...evelop ways of educating people with low levels of literacy
about the importance of family health history. Another goal will be to raise awareness among health care professionals working in the targeted areas about the need to collect family health information. The team will be led by Melanie Myers, Ph.D., as...
Drug labels are prescriptions for mistakes
...nding was particularly high among those with lower literacy
(eighth grade level or below) and those who took m...(felodipine); and a diuretic (furosemide). Patient literacy
was classified either as low (sixth grade and below), marginal (seventh to eighth grade), or adequat...
Importance of personal health records draws support of American College of Physicians
... for the typical patients comprehension and health literacy
PHRs should create robust audit trails regarding access to, or modification of, data in the PHRs. ACP looks forward to learning more about Dossia and evaluating opportunities for collaboration to develop a product that will enable individuals ...