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Ted Eytan, MD, MS, MPH; October 2008
An elderly, non–English-speaking man with diabetes was admitted to the hospital twice in 8 days due to hypoglycemia. At discharge, the patient was instructed not to take any antidiabetic medications. In between hospitalizations, he saw his primary care physician, who restarted an antidiabetic medication.
The Health Literacy of America's Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy.
Kutner M, Greenberg E, Jin Y, Paulsen C. US Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics; September 2006. Report No: NCES 2006-483.
This report provides an assessment of health literacy data analyzed for different demographic characteristics.
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Using consumer-based kiosk technology to improve and standardize medication reconciliation in a specialty care setting.
Lesselroth B, Adams S, Felder R, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2009;35:264-271.
This study used an innovative approach to involving patients in safety efforts by using an interactive kiosk paired with the medication list from the electronic health record. When patients presented for a clinic visit, the kiosk presented their presumed medication list along with pill pictures, and patients had to indicate if they were taking the medication. This method successfully identified medication discrepancies and reduced the time spent by staff in reviewing medications. Ensuring medication reconciliation in ambulatory care has been particularly problematic for patients with low health literacy. This novel strategy may represent an effective, patient-centered approach to this problem.