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Health Literacy Challenges In All Areas Of Health Care


One of the areas where health literacy challenges surface most often is the relationship between prescribers, pharmacies, and patients. Often, patients simply do not understand the instructions given them by prescribers, and this level of understanding does not increase when the prescriptions are filled – if they are filled. Quantitative deficiencies and other problems – some as simple as illegible handwriting by prescribers – can lead to serious consequences. Patients who do not know how to correctly take their medicine can have missed doses or overdoses. One suggested remedy is the “brown-bag inspection,” in which practitioners ask patients to bring in every prescription and over-the-counter medication and nutritional supplement the patient has obtained and looks over them.