Massachusetts Medical Society: Seven Steps to Better Health Literacy

Seven Steps to Better Health Literacy

Seven Steps to Better Health Literacy

This course has expired and is available for archive purposes only.

The 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.

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

Course Fees
MMS Member Physicians: $12
Nonmember Physicians: $22
Allied Health Professionals: $9.60

Format:  Text

CME Credit:  1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™

Accreditation Statement for Jointly Providership
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., publisher of Massachusetts Medical Law Report. The 
Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for  

AMA Credit Designation Statement    
The Massachusetts Medical Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This activity meets the criteria for the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for risk management study.

National Commission on Certification of Physicians Assistant (NCCPA).

Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 1.00 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. NCCPA accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.

A score of 70% or higher is required to receive  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Activity Term
Original Released Date: December 26, 2011
Review Date: June 26, 2013, December 26, 2014, June 26, 2016, December 26, 2017  
Termination Date: January 31, 2018

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