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Health literacy-related safety events: a qualitative study of health literacy failures in patient safety events.

Morrison AK, Gibson C, Higgins C, et al. Health literacy-related safety events: a qualitative study of health literacy failures in patient safety events. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2021;6(4):e425. doi: 10.1097/pq9.0000000000000425

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July 28, 2021
Morrison AK, Gibson C, Higgins C, et al. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2021;6(4):e425.

Limited health literacy can lead to patients or caregivers misunderstanding care instructions. Researchers examined safety events occurring at one children’s hospital over a nine-month period and found that health literacy-related events accounted for 4% of all safety events. Health literacy-related events generally involved problems with medication (e.g., unclear discharge medication instructions, conflicting instructions), system processes (e.g.., failures to address language barriers), and discharge and transitions (e.g., unclear equipment information, unclear instructions about upcoming tests).

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Morrison AK, Gibson C, Higgins C, et al. Health literacy-related safety events: a qualitative study of health literacy failures in patient safety events. Pediatr Qual Saf. 2021;6(4):e425. doi: 10.1097/pq9.0000000000000425