Purpose of review This review seeks to provide a comprehensive approach to understanding the impact of and addressing health literacy for pediatric patients and families cared for in the hospital. Recent findings Limited health literacy can impact clinical outcomes. Hospitalization presents unique challenges, as caregivers face the stress of a sick child and the need to navigate the complex medical system; families of children with medical complexity or limited English proficiency are particularly vulnerable groups. To address the problem, general principles should be applied to communication with all patients, including the use of plain language, counseling with techniques to confirm understanding, and assessing written tools for readability and understandability to ensure that care plans can be carried out at home. Summary Health literacy is an important consideration for families of hospitalized chil- dren. Providers can communicate effectively to improve health outcomes by implementing general strategies for all patients. 284 Hospital Medicine (A Statile and N Unaka, Section Editors) Introduction It is estimated that the average American adult reads at Although the majority of prior research on the im- an 8th grade level, and those with the greatest health pact of health literacy has focused on the adult popula- care
Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics – Springer Journals
Published: Apr 24, 2018
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