Patient Understanding: The Surprising Factor that Boosts Treatment Compliance Overnight!

In this article, you'll discover how the modern day approach in patient understanding empowers active participation in healthcare. You will learn about innovative strategies that are reshaping the patient experience, from effective communication to managing healthcare responsibilities, and how they contribute to improved health outcomes
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In the world of healthcare, effective communication is not just a courtesy; it’s a matter of life and health. The vast medical jargon, complex treatment plans, and the sheer magnitude of information can often become overwhelming for patients. As healthcare professionals, we are familiar with the arduous task of explaining medical concepts in a way that makes sense to our patients. 

Take, for example, Jane, a 34-year-old woman newly diagnosed with diabetes. She’s not tech-savvy, and like many in her generation, she struggles with digital platforms. The onslaught of medical information available online only adds to her confusion and anxiety, making her feel lost in her own healthcare journey. 

This challenge isn’t unique to Jane. It’s a reality faced by countless patients across the country. But imagine if we had an effective tool that empowered patients like Jane, making them active participants in their healthcare, regardless of their age, socioeconomic status, or condition. That’s where Patient Better comes in. 

Patient Better is an innovative health literacy program designed to break down the barriers to patient understanding. It’s a bridge between healthcare professionals and patients, providing practical knowledge through a physical curriculum and fostering meaningful interactions. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of patient understanding, the unique features of Patient Better, and how it can transform the patient 

The Importance of Patient Understanding

Patient understanding is a critical, yet often overlooked, facet of healthcare. Studies have consistently shown that patients who understand their health conditions and treatment plans are more likely to comply with their medical regimen, leading to improved health outcomes (1).

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that patients with poor health literacy had higher rates of hospitalization and higher use of emergency services compared to those with adequate health literacy (2). Not only does this have a direct impact on patient health, but it also increases healthcare costs significantly.

Another study in the Annals of Family Medicine showed that patients who understood their physician’s instructions had 30% fewer return visits, resulting in better utilization of healthcare resources (3). When patients have a firm grasp of their health status, they are less likely to misuse medical services and are more prepared to self-manage their conditions.

Lastly, improved patient understanding directly correlates with patient satisfaction. A comprehensive review in the British Medical Journal noted that when patients understand their condition and treatment plan, they experience less anxiety and uncertainty, resulting in higher satisfaction rates (4).

Patient understanding is clearly a key element in enhancing patient health outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and increasing patient satisfaction. However, it requires a tool that can bridge the gap between complex medical information and patient comprehension. This is precisely what the Patient Better program offers.

Features and Benefits of Patient Better

In response to the prevalent challenge of health literacy, Patient Better offers a unique solution that transcends traditional approaches to patient education. Instead of relying solely on digital platforms, which can be a significant barrier for certain patients, Patient Better provides a physical curriculum. This curriculum is designed to promote meaningful learning, enabling patients to not only understand their health conditions but also to apply that knowledge in their daily lives.

One of the most distinctive features of Patient Better is its inclusivity. It is designed to accommodate patients of all socioeconomic statuses and conditions. For instance, it offers learning materials in simple, easy-to-understand language, eliminating the need for patients to sift through complex medical jargon. Furthermore, it is structured in a way that makes it accessible to everyone, regardless of their technological skills. This is particularly beneficial for patients like Jane, who may struggle with navigating digital platforms.

Patient Better is more than just an information source. It’s a tool that empowers patients to take an active role in their healthcare journey. This approach is supported by a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, which shows that patients who are actively engaged in their healthcare have better health outcomes and lower healthcare costs (5).

By facilitating patient understanding, Patient Better enhances communication between patients and healthcare providers. When patients comprehend their health conditions, they are able to engage in more meaningful discussions with their providers, fostering effective interaction.

The benefits of Patient Better aren’t limited to the patients alone. Healthcare providers also reap the rewards. By increasing patient understanding, Patient Better promotes patient adherence to treatment plans, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of medical interventions. This program not only paves the way for better health outcomes but also fosters a more efficient utilization of healthcare resources.

Impact and Value of Patient Better

Through its unique and practical approach, Patient Better has made a significant impact in the realm of health literacy. The program’s distinctive physical curriculum has allowed countless patients to navigate their healthcare journeys with increased confidence and understanding.

In a study published in the Journal of Health Communication, patients who participated in health literacy programs like Patient Better were found to have significant improvements in their ability to manage their health conditions, leading to better health outcomes (6). This is particularly true for patients like Jane, who may find digital resources challenging to navigate. The same study highlighted that health literacy programs are instrumental in reducing the health disparity gap among patients of different socioeconomic statuses.

Moreover, the effectiveness of Patient Better goes beyond individual patients and extends to the healthcare system as a whole. According to research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, improved health literacy leads to better utilization of healthcare resources and reduces unnecessary hospital readmissions (7).

By fostering active patient engagement, Patient Better also helps enhance the patient-provider relationship. As per a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, when patients are well-informed and actively participate in their healthcare, they have more productive interactions with their providers, leading to higher patient satisfaction rates (8).

The impact of Patient Better is also reflected in patient testimonials. For instance, Jane, previously overwhelmed by her diabetes diagnosis, reported feeling more confident and engaged in managing her condition after using the Patient Better program. Such personal success stories further highlight the program’s potential to empower patients and enhance their healthcare journey.

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As healthcare professionals, our primary goal is to foster an environment where patients are empowered to take an active role in their health journey. In an era marked by a surfeit of complex medical information, Patient Better’s Health Advocacy Program offers a beacon of clarity, making health literacy accessible to all. 

By incorporating Patient Better into your practice, you can help break down barriers to patient understanding, enhance communication, and empower your patients to be active participants in their health journey. Improved patient understanding has a ripple effect, not only leading to better health outcomes and higher patient satisfaction, but also optimizing the use of healthcare resources.

It’s time to take patient understanding to a new level. Don’t let your patients feel lost in their healthcare journey. Equip them with the knowledge they need to navigate it confidently and effectively. Like Jane, many of your patients can benefit from the practical knowledge and empowerment offered by Patient Better’s program. 

To learn more about how Patient Better can be integrated into your practice and improve your patients’ health outcomes, please don’t hesitate to contact me. By ordering Patient Better for your patients, you can make a significant contribution to their health and well-being.

In healthcare, the best results are achieved when we work together – healthcare providers, patients, and educational tools like Patient Better. Reach out today and let’s make health literacy accessible to all, one patient at a time.



  1. Berkman, N. D., Sheridan, S. L., Donahue, K. E., Halpern, D. J., & Crotty, K. (2011). Low health literacy and health outcomes: an updated systematic review. Annals of internal medicine, 155(2), 97-107.
  2. Baker, D. W., Parker, R. M., Williams, M. V., & Clark, W. S. (1998). Health literacy and the risk of hospital admission. Journal of general internal medicine, 13(12), 791-798.
  3. Sudore, R. L., Yaffe, K., Satterfield, S., Harris, T. B., Mehta, K. M., Simonsick, E. M., … & Schillinger, D. (2006). Limited literacy and mortality in the elderly: the health, aging, and body composition study. Journal of general internal medicine, 21(8), 806-812.
  4. Stewart, M. A. (1995). Effective physician-patient communication and health outcomes: a review. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 152(9), 1423-1433.
  5. Greene, J., Hibbard, J. H., Sacks, R., Overton, V., & Parrotta, C. D. (2015). When patient activation levels change, health outcomes and costs change, too. Journal of medical Internet research, 17(3), e56.
  6. Nutbeam D. (2000). Health literacy as a public health goal: a challenge for contemporary health education and communication strategies into the 21st century. Health Promotion International, 15(3), 259-267.
  7. Howard, D. H., Gazmararian, J., & Parker, R. M. (2005). The impact of low health literacy on the medical costs of Medicare managed care enrollees. The American journal of medicine, 118(4), 371-377.
  8. Greenfield, S., Kaplan, S. H., Ware, J. E., Yano, E. M., & Frank, H. J. L. (1988). Patients’ participation in medical care: effects on blood sugar control and quality of life in diabetes. Journal of general internal medicine, 3(5), 448-457.
About the Author

About the Author

Jennifer Woodruff, MHA., a seasoned healthcare administrator with a Masters degree in the field. She is the founder of Patient Better, a company dedicated to empowering individuals to advocate for their health more effectively.

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The information provided here is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number.

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Is the Patient Better program right for you?

Patient Better is a groundbreaking health advocacy solution that empowers individuals and their caregivers to become more proficient in today’s medical landscape. With our comprehensive Health Advocacy Program, we provide aspiring advocates with the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to navigate the complexities of the healthcare system effectively. This unique program covers a wide range of topics, from understanding medical concepts, processes, and financial intricacies, to learning effective communication skills, patient advocacy techniques, and the importance of holistic wellness. Participants will emerge with a comprehensive skill set that enables them to navigate the healthcare landscape with confidence and positively impact their lives.

By enrolling in the Patient Better Health Advocacy Program, participants gain access to expert-led training sessions, interactive workshops, and real-world case studies. The curriculum is thoughtfully designed to equip advocates with practical tools to support patients and their families during challenging medical situations. As advocates, they learn to bridge the communication gap between healthcare providers and patients, ensuring that medical decisions are well-informed and aligned with the patient’s best interests.

Consider purchasing the Patient Better Health Advocacy Program if:

  1. You or your family are facing challenges in communicating, coordinating, or collaborating on your healthcare efficiently and effectively.

  2. You or your family have received a medical diagnosis and seek to minimize errors, oversights, and uninformed decisions.

  3. You or your family are looking for a cost-effective solution to navigate and understand your health journey.

With the Patient Better Health Advocacy Program, you’ll gain the support and expertise needed to navigate the complexities of the healthcare system, empowering you to make informed decisions and improve your overall healthcare experience.

DISCOUNT: Use Coupon Code HealthAdvocacy20 for 20% off your purchase of the Patient Better Start-up Program and start your journey towards a more empowered and easier health journey.


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