Keys to Clear Communication — How to Improve Comprehension Among Patients With Limited Health Literacy
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 1060, 1130, 1140, 6020, 6050; Level 2
This continuing education course explains the concept of health literacy, sets forth strategies for assessing patients’ health literacy, suggests strategies for effective communication, and illustrates how some dietitians are addressing the concept of health literacy in their practices.
Course content was written by Melissa Ip, MA, RD, CHES, a health educator in New York City and a member of the Manhattan Health Literacy Collaborative.
After completing this continuing education course, the nutrition professional should be able to:
- Appreciate the role of health literacy in influencing patient comprehension of health information and, in turn, health outcomes.
- Employ clear communication strategies to promote patient comprehension of nutrition information.
- Create written low-literacy nutrition education materials.
- Consider cultural and language needs when educating or counseling a patient with limited literacy.
- Identify reliable online resources for additional professional development on health literacy and for the creation of low-literacy nutrition education resources.
- 2.00 CDR