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How Poor Health Literacy Affects the Ability to Understand and to be Understood

It's no secret that there are problems in the U.S. health care system. Costs are high. Rates of chronic diseases are high. There's a provider shortage. The immigrant and minority population is rapidly increasing, as care disparities continue to prevail. But the biggest problem is our inability to communicate within the health care system.   Speaking at the Center for Health Literacy's conference, Plain Talk in Complex Times, Chris Gibbons, the associate director of the Johns … [Read More]

When Every Word Counts: Language Barriers in Health Care and the High Cost to Patients

When a difference in language impedes communication between a health care provider and a patient, it compromises the quality of the medical care that a patient receives. "Language barriers" between physicians and patients are associated with:   Decreased patient satisfaction Lack of preventive health services Increased diagnostic testing Repeat visits to the emergency room Longer hospital stays Non-compliance with treatment Increased number and severity of m… [Read More]
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