Bartlett, G., Blais, R., Tamblyn, R., Clermont, R.J., & MacGibbon, B. (2008, June 3). Impact of patient communication problems on the risk of preventable adverse events in acute care settings. CMAJ, 178(12), 1555-1562. Retrieved November 12, 2013 from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2396356/
This study examined the risk of preventable adverse events among patients with communication problems admitted to a hospital and a major flaw of how health care is delivered. 3% to 17% of those in the hospital experience an adverse event in which almost half of those could be considered preventable. Language barriers and disabilities serve as some sources of difficult communication between patients and health care professionals. The study found that patients with a communication problem were 3 times more likely to experience a preventable adverse event than patients without communication problems. Most events were drug related or a result of poor clinical management, however, some were the result of a communication problem, such as deafness. These medical errors relate to improper or inadequate communication and should be reduced. This article supports the proposal because communication issues are related to health literacy. Patients and health care teams must work together to achieve the best method of care by optimizing information flow between patients and health care professionals.
Egbert, N., & Nanna, K. (2009, September 13) Health Literacy: Challenges and Strategies. OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 14(3). Retrieved November 12, 2013 from http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol142009/No3Sept09/Health-Literacy-Challenges.html
This article outlines the concept of low health literacy and includes the challenges of and strategies to obtaining, processing and understanding, and using health information. It also discusses an overview of definitions of health literacy. The authors also address implications for training, research, and practice and state that more research is needed to examine patient/provider relationships as well as cultural and age-related issues to health literacy. More areas of research need to be studied and covered in order to provide appropriate care that accommodates the needs of individual patients. This article is critical because it provides and identifies 3 important factors that should be considered on the concept of health literacy.
Hay, L. (2010, May). In Practice. Perspective Public Health, 130(3), 105. Retrieved November 12, 2013 from http://rsh.sagepub.com/content/130/3/105.full.pdf+html
This article talks about what health literacy is and how it isn't just about a patient's ability to read and understand health information. It includes other various components to what health literacy is, such as their capacity to obtain and process the information and making proper informed...