A new AHRQ study found that most health care providers did not always adopt “health literacy universal precautions,” such as checking that their instructions were clear enough for patients to understand. The study, published in Health Literacy Research and Practice, analyzed AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data to determine the extent to which providers were adopting precautions such as clear instructions, “teach back” methods and help with filling out forms. People who were older, less educated or members of racial or ethnic minority groups were more likely to be asked to confirm their understanding or be offered help with forms. Access the article.
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