My mission is to prevent patients with limited health literacy from misreading medical information by providing easy-to-understand healthcare material.
What is the health literacy?
Health literacy is the ability to obtain, understand, and effectively use health-related information. 90 million adults may lack the needed literacy skills to effectively use the U.S. health care system. Approximately 36 percent of New York City adults would not be able to identify the name of a hospital in a short article; an additional 27 percent would not be able to fill out a standard health insurance form.
What are the consequences of low literacy?
Patients with limited health literacy are more likely to have troubles with health care including: Lack of knowledge of basic self-care Lack of awareness of preventive health measures Inability to read the labels of prescription and over-the-counter medications Misunderstanding of medical information (informed consent, patient history, and health insurance applications appointment slips etc) Uncertainty over how to use the health care system effectively Higher rate of using emergency rooms and experiencing longer hospital stays Lower levels of overall patient satisfaction
Who are the people affected by the problem I am addressing?
>Adults over the age of 65 have more limited literacy proficiency than younger, working adults. >Individuals without a high school diploma or GED have lower levels of literacy pr...