Health Literacy: Your Part.

It’s not only up to the facilities and providers to make it easier for the patients to understand, but there is also a lot of responsibility put on the customer/patient. It’s important to remember that individual health is the responsibility of the individual and they must do everything they can to close the gap and be accountable for their own actions.

One of the easiest and first things you can do to improve Health Literacy is improve communication between you and the facility or healthcare provider.

Before an appointment, make a list of all your symptoms, medications and questions you have so you do not forget once you’re meeting. Be sure to bring a notebook or extra paper so you can jot down summary notes or questions that may arise while your provider is discussing something else.

If you don’t understand something, ask for clarification. The provider can’t read minds, and cannot know how much you comprehended if you’re too shy to ask questions. This is your health and life, so ask as many questions that you can think of to get a clear understanding about your health condition.

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