Health Of Low Health Literacy Essay

1093 Words Oct 11th, 2015 5 Pages
Health Literacy Training Low health literacy is associated with adverse patient outcomes, increase risk of hospital admissions, readmissions and increase mortality rates. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) report found that 90 million American adults do not have literacy skills to use the health system in the Unites States effectively (Parker & Kindig, 2006). The IOM report defined health literacy as, “ the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions” (Parker & Kindig, 2006, p. 891). The terms health literacy and literacy should not be used interchangeably. Literacy is defined as the, ability to speak, write and read at levels necessary to function in society or in a job (Bass, 2005). It is surprising that over 300 studies have indicated most people cannot understand health related information and materials given to them (Anonymous, 2004).
This case study is about a hospital who noticed a 25% increase in readmissions for community acquired pneumonia (CAP) patients over one month’s time. After further review of patient charts, clinical staff determined CAP patients all resided in one neighborhood of the local town. This case study will address a training program related to health literacy strategies. The team development to address health literacy concerns. Take into considerations ethical and social justice factors with a health literacy program.…

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