This weeks findings on health literacy include:
- Oral and aural literacy play a critical role in the oral exchange between health care providers and patients and should be incorporated into health care provider training and into community programs.
- Individuals with a significant number of health problems are proactive seekers of health information, but are less likely to seek out general information online.
- The following themes are important to keep in mind when developing educational interventions related to HIV management: having a team based approach; tailoring education strategies to each patient’s individual needs; and accounting for patients’ limited experience, but high interest, in technology.
Nouri, S. S., & Rudd, R. E. (January, 2015). Health literacy in the “oral exchange:” An important element of patient-provider communication. Patient Education and Counseling.
So what? “Patient-provider communication plays a key role in patient health, knowledge, decision-making, and motivation. Given that half of American adults struggle with literacy, and that patients show an overwhelming preference for receiving health information face-to-face from their clinical providers, every effort must be made to lower literacy demands and improve provider-patient communication. This review provides the evidence surrounding oral and aural literacy, and demonstrates its critical role in the oral exchange.”
Kim, Yong-Mi. (January, 2015). Is seeking health information online different from seeking general information online? Journal of Information Science.
So what? “The most important finding in the research is that patients actively sought out online health-related information. It was an unexpected finding as those individuals were likely to be in the lower income group. Based on existing findings, these individuals are less likely to seek out health information. Certainly, usefulness is an important factor for seeking out online health information, and it should be included in future online health research and factored into the design of training modules. More specifically, trainers should emphasize how helpful and beneficial online health information is with regards to making healthcare decisions. They should also motivate their trainees to actively seek out health information online in order to improve their health.”
Gakumo C.A., Enah C.C., Vance D.E., Sahinoglu E., Raper J.L. (January 2015) “Keep it simple”: older African Americans’ preferences for a healthy literacy intervention in HIV management. DovePress.
So what? “Tailored health education that incorporates multiple approaches (ie, support from peers and use of technology) for culturally diverse and aging populations is vital for successful programs with long-term sustainability. Such education should also be modified to address other individual aspects such as sex-specific issues, mental health needs, and health literacy deficits. Furthermore, health literacy interventions and programs can be greatly improved if patients are considered equal partners in intervention development and design.”