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Health Literacy - Why Does It Matter and How Can I address It?

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Date Published

September 12, 2017


Ohio Physical Therapy Association


Health Literacy


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Problems with health literacy can affect patients’ access to physical therapy, participation in treatment, follow through after leaving the treatment session, and health outcomes. As the world of health care becomes more complex, persons with low health literacy are even more vulnerable. What groups of patients are likely to have low health literacy? What are the standardized methods for assessing it? What things can therapists do to be effective with patients who have difficulties in this area?

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Cathy Bookser-Feister

Cathy Bookser-Feister, PT, DPT, PCS is a physical therapist clinician and PT educator. She is currently a Home Health/Hospice... Read More

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Health Literacy - Why Does It Matter and How Can I address It? - Video
Health Literacy - Why Does It Matter and How Can I address It? - PPT Handout
ARHQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, 2nd Edition
Am Fam Physician July 2015 Health Lit Hersh
Video Clip "AMA Health Literacy"
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