Health literacy surveys suggest that almost half of adults lack the comprehension skills to make informed medical decisions.
With this book, Osborne, founder of the Health Literacy Month campaign, offers a primer to health educators about how to communicate more effectively with patients. Topics - listed from A to Z - address issues like how to assess a patient's health literacy, how to modify medical or legal documents, and how to communicate with people who have special needs (such as senior citizens, the blind, and people who are not native English speakers).
The book is intended for people who work one-on-one with patients, and emphasizes giving patients the tools to make their own decisions.
It also provides valuable information - such as how to help patients understand the risks and benefits of a particular treatment, how to incorporate statistics into a campaign, and how to use internet tools to communicate a message - that will benefit anyone dealing with patients at a time when they must make critical decisions about their health.
Title Health Literacy from A to Z
Author Helen Osborne
Publisher Jones & Bartlett Publishers (January 2005), 150 pages
Reviewed by Beth Herskovits