CME : 5
Risk Management Consult: Low Health Literacy is organized by Medical Risk Management, Inc. This CME Conference has been approved for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
Course Release Date: 1/1/2013
Course Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
This course has been developed for physicians who want to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors by confronting and addressing issues relating to patients’ abilities to understand health-related information.
Low health literacy is not just a public health problem. It affects physicians directly because they have a duty to educate patients and involve them in health care decisions irrespective of their level of health literacy. If a patient suffers an untoward result and sues on the allegation that the result would not have occurred but for the doctor’s failure to inform the patient appropriately, that physician may be held liable for the consequences.
Upon completion of this course, a physician should be able to:
• Understand how low health literacy contributes to poor outcomes.
• Identify communication barriers that can interfere with a patient’s ability to comprehend medical instruction and participate in health care decisions.
• Discuss how simplified communication practices can reduce medical errors, improve patient care, and reduce lawsuits.
• Understand how the courts define a physician’s duty in a variety of situations he or she may encounter when dealing with patients with low health literacy.
• Discuss ways of educating patients with limited vocabularies and poor reading skills.
• Discuss the drawbacks of using friends or family members to translate for patients who cannot speak English.
• Understand how cultural factors can affect patient health literacy, and list strategies for coping with such factors.
• Explain why it is important to provide sign language interpreters for deaf patients.
Additional details will be posted as soon as information is available.
Healthcare Management, Risk Management and Medical Negligence
SpecialtiesHealthcare Management, Risk Management and Medical Negligence
CE Credits 5
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