Health_Literacy_combinedrev2008

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    Health Literacy for  Immigrant Elders MetLife Health Literacy Initiative Debra David and Gabrielle Boles (Portions of this presentation are adapted from California Health Literacy Initiative presentations. See www.calhealthliteracy.org ) Thank you to Dr. Debra David and Gabrielle Boles for the original slide presentation modified for this course
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    Learning objectives At the end of this session, you will be able to: Identify health communication issues facing older immigrants with limited English proficiency. Explain how aging may affect the ability of older adults to learn new health information. Give examples of cultural beliefs and practices that may lead to misunderstandings between older immigrants and “mainstream” health care providers. Describe strategies for communicating clearly with older immigrants with limited English proficiency. Describe strategies for working effectively with an interpreter .
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    Health communication Have you or a family member ever been confused by your doctor? Have you or a family member ever asked a question of your doctor, and not understood the answer? Have you or a family member ever not asked a question because you were embarrassed or scared?
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    Failure to Communicate Doctor: “You have hypertension. You need to abstain from high sodium foods, and partake in a rigorous exercise regime.”
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    Definition of health literacy Health literacy is the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, understand, and act on basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Healthy People 2010
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    Prevalence Almost half of the U.S. population has low health literacy. This includes both native speakers of English and people who learned English as non-native speakers. They are at higher risk of misunderstandings, mistakes, unnecessary hospitalizations, and poor health outcomes.
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    Why are they at risk? Increasingly complex medical system. More medications More tests and procedures Growing self-care requirements Heavy reliance on written materials for health information.
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    What can we do?
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