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Low health literacy & Mortality

By Thomas Bauer Moderator | 29 May, 2015

“In a large cohort of patients who were discharged home after being hospitalized for acute HF, those who scored at or below the mean on a health-literacy screening test were 32% more likely to die within 2 years compared with those who scored above the mean” . (Quoted from attached study)

In research I have conducted we learned through the use of Teach Me 3 and Teach Back we were able to improve the transfer of knowledge from 38.5% to 85% as measured by knowledge assessment at the time of discharge and a reduction readmissions by 50% . Given the impact of low health literacy on health status....what other education and engagement methods have been statistically proven to improve the transfer of knowledge resulting in clinical outcomes ?

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Vijaya Sawant Replied at 6:30 PM, 2 Jun 2015

Health literacy is very important whether the patient is in the critical care unit or maternity ward. Unless and until patient does not know why he/she has to take precaution or why he has to do certain activity or eat certain food or take medicine at regular interval, he will not complete the requirement medication. The healthcare cost increases and ultimately the patient die. To avoid this patient centric holistic health education is necessary.

Thomas Bauer Moderator Replied at 2:51 PM, 3 Jun 2015

Vijaya, I completle yagree with your comment. I used to end each of my emails with the following pharse.... Nothing, not age, income, employment status, educational level and race or ethnic group affects health status more than literacy skills.

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