Understanding and Addressing Health Literacy

This activity is jointly sponsored/co-provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and CME Incite.

Supported by an educational grant from Eli Lilly & Company.

Specialty: Primary Care

Release date: October 11, 2013

Valid through: October 11, 2014

Target Audience:

This activity has been developed for primary care physicians, registered nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals.

Program Overview:

Lack of knowledge among providers regarding issues related to health literacy (HL) can substantially alter patient-provider communication and hinder benefits expected from medical care. Limited HL contributes to poor patient compliance, uncontrolled chronic disease, and rising health care costs. A recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality on HL concluded that "low reading skills and poor health are clearly related."

Given the enormous burden of low HL and the potential to reduce poor outcomes with intervention, the US Department of Health and Human Services recently released a national action plan on HL. This action plan includes a call for increased development of interventions to improve HL. During this educational activity, experts in the field will interact with real patients who have struggled with HL. Faculty discussion will center on clinical pearls and best practices for improving patient communication. This activity will enable primary care physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals to recognize areas for improvement within their own organizations and practices with regard to HL.

Credit Types

1.25 AMA PRA Category 1™ Credit Hours

1.2 Nursing Contact Hours