Physicians’ Roles in Creating Health Literate Organizations: A Call to Action
Fueled by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and accreditation and credentialing requirements, physicians are being called on to deliver patient-centered care, reduce medical errors and generally increase health care quality and health outcomes, all while containing costs. Health care leaders recognize that fully engaging patients in prevention, decision-making and self-management activities is critical to achieving these aims and that patient engagement entails addressing health literacy.
Health literacy is defined by the ACA as “the degree to which an individual has the capacity to obtain, communicate, process, and understand health information and services in order to make appropriate health decisions.” That capacity is determined not only by individuals’ skills and abilities, but also by the complexities of the health care system that can increase the communication demands placed on patients. With only 12 % of American adults having health literacy skills proficient enough to successfull ...
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Journal of General Internal Medicine
Volume 29, Issue 2 , pp 273-275
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- 1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD, USA
- 2. Department of Pediatrics, New York University, Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY, USA
- 3. Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco, UCSF Box 1364, San Francisco, CA, 94143-1364, USA