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Impact of Health Literacy on Hospice and Palliative Care

National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is celebrated annually in November. This is the perfect time to raise awareness for those individuals experiencing life-limiting or serious illnesses. There are many opportunities to incorporate health literacy strategies into the palliative care treatment plan that can have a positive impact for patients and their caregivers.

One common challenge when providing palliative care is clear and effective communication. Ensuring that patients and their caregivers understand complex health information and treatment options while managing symptoms, fear or pain can be challenging. Palliative care nurses are often the consistent connection for patients and their caregivers, and are frequently responsible for sharing difficult information in a clear and understandable way.

The Health Literacy Partners Master Class can provide palliative care nurses with the health literacy skills needed to meet all patients and caregivers where they are and help them better understand their care and treatment choices. When nurses are equipped with health literacy knowledge, skills and tools, they can adapt and align each patient’s plan of care to one that is understandable, and culturally and linguistically meaningful.

Take a look at this interactive, educational offering for your nurses during National Hospice and Palliative Care Month this November.

Reach out today – we can help you make a difference!

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