Limited health literacy is common in patients with diabetes and has been associated with worse diabetes outcomes. Health literacy is a measure of patient’s ability to read, comprehend, and act on medical instructions. Although knowledge does not necessarily predict outcomes, efforts should be made to focus on improving educational outreach for patients with inadequate health literacy.
Studies show that patients recall as little as 50% of what was conveyed during an outpatient visit. To enhance recall, it is recommended for clinicians to elicit patient’s understanding of new concepts and adapt relevant information particularly for patients with low functional health literacy as this may have important clinical implications.
How do you empower your patients to manage their diabetes particularly those with low functional health literacy?