The following notes, about recent articles, was posted on the BHIC Blog.
Promoting literacy to increase adherence
From the July/August ACP Internist, copyright © 2011 by the American College of Physicians
By Charlotte Huff
When his heart failure patient kept getting hospitalized with related complications, Ben Powers, MD, worried that something wasn’t quite connecting. On the surface, the problem appeared to be nonadherence. The man struggled to keep up with his medications and his recommended diet. But Dr. Powers, an internist and assistant professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., suspected a more deeply rooted cause. “I had a fairly strong suspicion that literacy was part of it,” he said.
Food Industry: Walk the Talk to Protect Our Kids’ Health
Voluntary guidelines proposed by the FTC, USDA, FDA and other agencies last April will, if companies follow them, ensure that foods marketed to kids contain real food ingredients including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. See more on healty foods from the Prevention Institute http://bit.ly/nO2Uly
Doctor support critical in the fight for community prevention
Doctors are skilled and experienced in some kinds of prevention—immunizations, wellness exams, and early detection of illness through screenings like mammograms, to name a few. But physicians are also critical and natural allies in the fight for community prevention.
- [HealthLiteracy 5688] Health Literacy and Outcomes Among Patients With Heart Failure – JAMA Article (aa47.wordpress.com)
- Literacy Resources (aa47.wordpress.com)
- New Health Literacy Resources (aa47.wordpress.com)