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4 Health Literacy Approaches That Can Improve the Patient Experience

According to studies, only 12% of the U.S. population has proficient health literacy[1], and in a crisis, their health literacy…  Continue Reading »

Writing better health care materials at Health Care Communications

My blog post on writing better health care materials was featured on the Health Care Communications site. The original post…  Continue Reading »

Inadequate Health Literacy Costs Billions Annually

Lower health literacy is a significant factor associated with increased health care utilization and costs. The investment in improving health literacy is minimal compared to the potentially astronomical costs of continuing on the path of low health literacy. Continue Reading »

Health Literacy: Essential to Patient Care

Dr. Parnell was recently interviewed by OnCourse Learning regarding health literacy. She answered questions about health literacy, why it is…  Continue Reading »

The Impact of Low Health Literacy on Health Outcomes

Past studies have shown that persons with limited health literacy skills are more likely to have chronic conditions and are less able to manage them effectively. Health literacy encompasses oral and written communication, and the ability to access and navigate throughout an organization for health care information and services. It can include the ability to follow instructions on prescription bottles, read appointment slips, ask questions about medical procedures, follow treatment plans, and comprehend consent forms and discharge instructions. Continue Reading »

Improving Health Literacy: A 3-Step Systemwide Approach

Improving health literacy across a large healthcare organization can be challenging. Your organization may already recognize that improving the health…  Continue Reading »

Health Literacy & Health Education: Learning Outside the Health Care Environment

Effective health education goes far beyond just teaching the facts about good health; it’s about empowering students to access, navigate,…  Continue Reading »

Health Literacy in an Uncertain Time

Now, more than ever, in our current political climate, there is a heightened awareness and urgent need for culturally and linguistically appropriate care.  Continue Reading »

Improve the ER Experience with Health Literacy

The Emergency Room (ER) can be a challenging experience for all patients.  However, it is even more challenging for patients…  Continue Reading »

Dr. Parnell’s Passion for Health Literacy Featured on Nurse.com

Dr. Parnell was recently interviewed by Nurse.com on Health literacy advocacy and how to discover your passion. In the interview,…  Continue Reading »