Seven Steps to Better Health Literacy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines health literacy as "the
degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand
basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions and
services needed to prevent or treat illness." Studies have shown that one third
of the US population has a low literacy level. In addition, cultural beliefs
and language barriers also contribute to a patient's ability to understand his
or health condition and treatment options. This CME activity explores the
impact of health literacy on a patient decisions for care and outlines
strategies that may reduce a provider's risk for legal action.
- Define the concept of health
literacy for physicians and other health care providers
- Discuss some of
the obstacles to health literacy that exists in our patient population
- List potential strategies to minimize obstacles to health literacy.
- Identify areas of health literacy that may lead to legal actions.
MMS Member Physicians: $12
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60
CME Credit: 1
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, risk management study
Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of
1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the
accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the
Massachusetts Medical Society and Lawyers Weekly, Inc.
Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for
A score of 70% or higher is required to receive AMA PRA
Category 1 Credit™.
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