Improving Health Care Literacy In One Easy Step

By   |  October 18, 2019

An important part of a healthcare provider's website is to improve health care literacy. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, public health professionals have a responsibility to improve health literacy among their patient base. The more information patients have about how to improve their health, the easier it is for them to make informed decisions regarding a healthier lifestyle. However, a large percentage of Americans are considered to be healthcare illiterate.

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Healthcare literacy means that individuals are able to understand treatment and prescription plans provided by their physicians. Dr. Leonardo allows physicians to incorporate a Patient Education Library into their PROVIDER-Site or their PRACTICE-Site in one simple step to help with this process.

Why is Health Care Literacy Important?

According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy, only 12 percent of adults have proficient health literacy skills. Alarmingly, nearly 77 million adults have only basic or below-basic health literacy. This group is more likely to be in poor health, and they often lack medical insurance. Without efforts to improve health literacy among adult populations many patients will remain unhealthy. Healthcare literacy may not improve without user-friendly accessible information.

Our Patient Education Library is Written in Plain Language.

The vocabulary of a healthcare professional can go over the head of an average person. Medical jargon is difficult to understand and may be interpreted incorrectly. Patients may misunderstand their provider's care instructions, and oftentimes health professionals simply do not have the time to write articles on topics with which they are familiar. Appropriate and relevant health information authored by professional writers helps your patients become healthier individuals.

Dr. Leonardo's Patient Education Library provides patients with valuable clinical content on more than 8,800 conditions, treatments and procedures covering dentistry, medicine, physical medicine and animal health. The library is comprehensive and every article can be edited and personalized. With Dr. Leonardo you can begin to raise the percentages of proficient health literacy.

Dr. Leonardo Can Help Your Medical Site Improve Health Literacy

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