From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Anew AHRQ study found that most adults did not report always receiving health literacy universal precautions. The study, Health Literacy Universal Precautions Are Still a Distant Dream: Analysis of U.S. Data on Health Literate Practices, published in Health Literacy Research and Practice, analyzed data from AHRQ’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) to document the extent to which providers were providing clear instructions, using the teach back” method, and offering help with filling out forms. The proportion of adults in the United States who reported receiving health-literate care increased from 2011 to 2014, but fell far short of delivering health-literate care to everyone. People who were older, less educated, or members of racial or ethnic minority group were more likely to be asked to confirm their understanding or be offered help with forms.
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