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Doctor insights on: Health Literacy

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Dr. Felecia Sumner
94 doctors shared insights

Health Literacy (Overview)

Health literacy refers to a person's ability to understand health information, which includes things like determining medication doses, judging the quality of health information, and understanding the risks and benefits of treatment.


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How does health literacy affect health?

How does health literacy affect health?

Many ways: The biggest issue is usually when the provider does not check to see what literacy level the patient has, and uses words or phrases that are not understood. People often are embarrassed to admit they did not understand, so important parts of diagnostic or treatment decisions aren't clearly reviewed. It is our job to be sure you understand what we discuss about health and illness. ...Read more

Dr. Felecia Sumner
94 doctors shared insights

Health Literacy (Overview)

Health literacy refers to a person's ability to understand health information, which includes things like determining medication doses, judging the quality of health information, and understanding the risks and benefits of treatment.


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How do you improve communication with patients with low health literacy?

How do you improve communication with patients with low health literacy?

Speak English!: Or whatever the native language os of the patient! physicians often resort to "fancy" words and definitely not normal language in discussing medical problems. If we spoke simply in understandable terms, that would help. Also, rather than telling patients things, I have found if i ask first what they know about a problem, it often lets me focus on what they don't know: ask-tell-ask is the technique. ...Read more

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How does health il literacy affect health?

How does health il literacy affect health?

Many ways: The biggest issue is usually when the provider does not check to see what literacy level the patient has, and uses words or phrases that are not understood. People often are embarrassed to admit they did not understand, so important parts of diagnostic or treatment decisions aren't clearly reviewed. It is our job to be sure you understand what we discuss about health and illness. ...Read more

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Improving Nail Health (Checklist)

Cut the nails straight across
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Do not dig into the corners when cutting nails
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Avoid harsh chemicals
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What is a good health ?

What is a good health ?

It's all in the mind: Good health is a general sense of well being and freedom from illness, injury or pain. Health is often defined differently by doctors and patients. I think it entirely possible to have many illnesses and injuries yet remain "healthy." I have seen many patients who refuse to become ill or sick despite severe adversity. Health care providers love to see patients like that! ...Read more

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Who invented health tap?

A genius: I hope he is getting paid! (probably not). ...Read more

Dr. Peter Karsant Dr. Karsant
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Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
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How can i manage my health?

How can i manage my health?

Health: is managed best by good lifestyle choices and visits to doctor. Do you avoid junk food, eat protein, good fats, and carbs? Do you exercise? What is your attitude toward life, realistic & optimistic or negative? Consult w/a health psychologist can be very helpful. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is ice bad for your health?

Is ice bad for your health?

Yes: It may be bad for your teeth and also may induce esophageal spasms in people with cock scre esophagitis. But otherwise okay. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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How to improve total health?

How to improve total health?

Wow: Books are written on this. You need to be more specific on here. I suggest you go get a physical or preventative medicine exam and discuss your specifics with a good fp. ...Read more

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Are pop tarts bad for health?

Are pop tarts bad for health?

Can be: They are high in unhealthy carbohydrates and some may be loaded with a lot of preservatives, dyes, etc. I would avoid them or limit significantly, at least. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
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Maintaining Vaginal Health (Checklist)

Wear clean, dry, breathable underwear
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Shower daily
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Do not wear a wet bathing suit after swimming for an extended period
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Maintain good nutrition to ensure good pH balance
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What I do for my good health?

What I do for my good health?

Be smart: Manage your time. Get enough sleep. Avoid tobacco and addictive drugs. Find meaning in doing genuine good. Don't overuse alcohol or cannabis. Find a fitness activity you enjoy. Avoid the sugary, greasy and very salty foods. No one owes you love. Work and study hard to have a marketable skill. Say only nice things. Health doesn't come from a pill / vitamin bottle. Enjoy being who you are. ...Read more

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Acidity is my health problem?

Statement: This is a statement. It's not clear what you are asking. ...Read more