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“Deer in the Headlights”: Improving Patient Literacy

“Deer in the Headlights”: Improving Patient Literacy

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Donna Weinstock
As patients become more involved in their healthcare, the need for increased patient literacy becomes more evident. Unfortunately, too many patients are not able to understand their healthcare needs; this, in turn, affects compliance. Healthcare providers should strive to increase the patient’s level of understanding of his or her own healthcare needs, because there is a direct correlation between understanding and compliance.