Health Communications In The Ultrasound Department Mira L. Katz, Ph.D., M.P.H. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Literacy Facts About Adults Living In The United States Average reading level: 8th to 9th grade About 1 out of 5 adults read at or below the 5th grade level
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Mira L. Katz, Ph.D., M.P.H.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Doak, Doak, & Root1996
Functional health literacy is a constellation of skills, including the ability to perform basic reading and numerical tasks required to function in the healthcare environment. Patients with adequate health literacy can read, understand, and act on healthcare information.
Ad Hoc Committee on Health LiteracyAmerican Medical Association
“Blockage in the blood vessel in your neck that takes blood to your brain”
Vocabulary of medicine
“Internal Carotid Artery Stenosis”
Avg. reading skill
# of materials
Reading grade level
A physician trained in the diagnostic and/or therapeutic use of X-rays and radionuclides, radiation physics, and biology; a diagnostic radiologist may also be trained in diagnostic ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging and applicable physics.
- Health Literacy
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Allows us to re-visualize where disease process begins
Causes us to make changes to the diagnostic criteria
Makes us change how we communicate with healthcare professionals and patients
(Remember: how we communicate shapes and misshapes patients’ perceptions/understanding)
Are we changing the human experience of disease?
“The goal of health literacy is enabling patients,caregivers, healthcare consumers, and policymakers to make the best-informed decisionsthey can concerning health-related issues and to act appropriately upon these decisions.”
Patient-centered model: Recognizes and respects the patient’s knowledge, culture, beliefs, needs, and experiences.
See beyond the boundaries of the “ultrasound community”