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Search results for "Health Literacy Improvement"
Perspectives on Safety > Interview
Health Literacy and Safety, February-March 2009
Dean Schillinger, MD, is a Professor of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, Director of the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations, and Chief of the California Diabetes Prevention and Control Program. His role as a practicing clinician at a safety net hospital (San Francisco General Hospital) has put him in a unique position to pursue influential and relevant research related to health literacy and improving care for vulnerable populations.
Perspectives on Safety > Perspective
with commentary by Michael S. Wolf, PhD, MPH; Stacy Cooper Bailey, MPH, Health Literacy and Safety, February-March 2009
Clear health communication is increasingly recognized as essential for promoting patient safety. Yet according to a recent Joint Commission report, What Did the Doctor Say? Improving Health Literacy to Protect Patient Safety, communication problems among health care providers, patients, and families are common and a leading root cause of adverse outcomes. Addressing health literacy—the capacity of individuals to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions—has become a primary objective for many health systems in order to protect patients from harm.
Tools/Toolkit > Multi-use Website
Johns Hopkins University, Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine.
This Web site provides information on the multidisciplinary safety team at Johns Hopkins University, including research projects, presentations, and useful tools for patients, families, and practitioners.
Cases & Commentaries
- Web M&M
Dean Schillinger, MD; March 2004
A misunderstanding of instructions on how to administer medication leads to an infant choking on a syringe cap.
Journal Article > Study
Schwappach DLB, Wernli M. Qual Saf Health Care. 2010;19:e9.
This survey of chemotherapy patients found that most patients wanted to assume an active role in their own safety, but expressed a desire for more encouragement and assistance from staff.
Journal Article > Study
Schillie SF, Shehab N, Thomas KE, Budnitz DS. Am J Prev Med. 2009;37:181-187.
This study sought to characterize the frequency and causes of adverse drug events leading to emergency department visits in children. In contrast to adults, the majority of medication overdoses in children were due to unsupervised, accidental ingestions, while medication errors accounted for less than 15% of cases. Errors involving over-the-counter medications were more common than prescription medications, and the most common error was administering the wrong dose. Low health literacy is tied to misunderstanding prescription drug instructions, and a prior study successfully used pictogram-based education to reduce dosing errors in children. The study likely underestimates the true incidence of adverse drug events in children, as most cases are managed by poison control centers without requiring visits to a physician.