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Print Perspective Clear health communication is increasingly recognized as essential for promoting patient safety. Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety, communication problems among health care providers, patients, and families are common and a leading root cause of adverse outcomes.
More than 77 million adults in the United States possess limited health literacy skills and will likely encounter difficulties interpreting and acting upon health information.
In ambulatory care settings, the patient or caregiver is increasingly being asked to assume oversight of quality control for implementing medical instructions and making routine health decisions. As such, there are many patient safety concerns that stem from whether health information was adequately communicated or even made available to patients and subsequently understood for appropriate follow-up.
Perhaps the most frequently noted safety issue connected to limited health literacy is the risk of medication errors that result from improper dosing administration. Prior studies have estimated that nearly half of adults misunderstand common dosing schedules e.
Helping Patients Understand and Act It is essential for health systems, health care professionals, and policy makers to develop a comprehensive response to the health literacy challenge and help patients and families better understand and act for the good of their or a loved one's health.
Currently, a number of health literacy "best practices" have been recommended by the American Medical Association AMAAmerican College of Physicians Foundation, and the Joint Commission to help clinicians better communicate with patients and families.
Beyond the health care encounter, evidence-based recommendations have also been developed to improve consumer information materials, such as prescription drug labeling, to promote comprehension and ultimately adherence to recommended health actions as part of larger patient safety efforts.
Providers should limit the initial amount of information they provide to patients to the essentials, focusing on only two or three instructional points at a time.
Additional content can be reviewed after this core knowledge has been successfully digested, while confirming at each step that the patient correctly processed the information.
In general, health care encounters should promote discussion between the provider and patient, and patients must feel empowered to ask questions or voice concerns. For patients with chronic conditions, health care providers should review key self-care activities and verify that patients are performing health behaviors correctly via demonstration.
Enhancing Health Materials Improving the readability of health materials is also needed. Print brochures and leaflets, as well as information delivered by video or the Internet, can all help support patients and families in retaining health knowledge after they have left the physician's office or hospital.
In some instances, written instructions may become the only means by which patients and families learn about important health instructions. Health systems must take added steps to ensure that print and other multimedia communications i. Building a Safe, Patient-Centered Health Practice Addressing health literacy concerns as part of a patient safety agenda must extend beyond provider communication skills and enhanced health materials.
It should also more broadly address the way we deliver health care.
Health information must be communicated clearly, concisely, consistently, and in a timely way, but there should also be constant opportunities for feedback between providers and patients. The challenge to health care practices and systems alike will be to find ways to have sustainable processes in place to routinely identify and track patients who may be struggling to properly comply with medical instructions, or who may benefit from educational interventions.
Conclusion Strategies to promote health literacy by helping patients more easily obtain, process, and understand health information to be able to make informed decisions ultimately supports patient safety. The health system must promote better communication of health information while also simplifying the demands it places on patients.
However, patients and families must also recognize their roles and responsibilities to be informed and vigilant in protecting their health. A safer health care environment can only be achieved if patients are included as active participants and health care providers and systems clearly communicate their expectations.When you are working on a crisis consider what the most effective method of communication would be for each group.
Ensure that you communicate with each group that is part of your audience. Employees: management, hourly/prospective/salaried employees, families, Union members, and Retirees.
The most effective audit programs consist of full-time, continuous internal audit procedures, combined with agreed-upon procedures performed annually by an external auditor.
Where both are used, the internal auditor tends to focus on control elements and recordkeeping. Handbooks are incorporated by cross-reference where appropriate.
The draft Handbook has been made available to the Natural Resources Board for their comment and the department is nowsoliciting comments from external stakeholders. The social sciences have become increasingly important in understanding natural resource management contexts and audiences, and are essential in the design and delivery of effective and durable management strategies.
Study Manual BUSINESS COMMUNICATION Contents Study Unit Title Page and Methods of Communication 1 Purpose of Business Communications 2 The Communication Process 6 Key Factors for Effective Communication 12 The Barriers to Effective Communication 15 within the organisation and for communication with external audiences.
The Committee on Public Awareness (COPA) is distinguished from the Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy (CAPP) by virtue of the audiences with which each group generally interacts and whose opinions it seeks to influence.