Non-Digital Health Resources: The Key to Breaking Down Health Literacy Barriers

In this article, you'll explore the critical role of non-digital health resources in breaking down barriers to health literacy. These tangible tools offer an essential alternative for enhancing understanding and engagement, especially in populations less familiar or comfortable with digital mediums.
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Non-Digital Patient-Centered Health Resources News – In today’s healthcare landscape, the importance of patient education is widely recognized. The more a patient understands about their health and medical condition, the more likely they are to adhere to their treatment plans, make healthier lifestyle choices, and engage effectively with their healthcare providers. It’s a vital aspect of healthcare that cannot be overlooked. 

Consider Mary, a 62-year-old woman who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She left the doctor’s office with a wealth of medical information, most of which was difficult for her to understand, and was directed to several digital resources to continue her education at home. However, Mary isn’t tech-savvy and she doesn’t have a reliable internet connection. The digital divide leaves her feeling lost and disempowered, unsure of how to manage her new diagnosis and lifestyle changes.

This kind of situation has given rise to a multitude of digital patient education programs aimed at providing easy-to-understand health information. However, while these digital resources are revolutionizing health education for some, they pose new challenges for others. Not every patient has the digital literacy or access to take full advantage of these online resources. For individuals like Mary, the shift towards digital information can be more of a hurdle than a help. 

This is where the Patient Better program stands out, offering a refreshing departure from the increasing digitization of health resources. It aims to bridge the health literacy gap by providing patient-centered health resources in a non-digital format. 

In the sections that follow, we’ll delve into the unique approach of the Patient Better program and how it can empower patients like Mary to better navigate their healthcare journeys.

Patient Better: Bridging the Health Literacy Gap

Patient Better represents a revolutionary approach in health education, particularly for patients who may not have consistent internet access or who are less comfortable with digital platforms. Recognizing the inherent disparities in digital health literacy, this program provides patient-centered health resources in a tangible, non-digital format, thus making health literacy accessible to all.

While the benefits of digital health literacy programs in a healthcare setting are widely accepted (1), research has shown that a significant proportion of the patient population lacks the digital skills or resources necessary to benefit from these programs (2). This digital divide can result in substantial disparities in health outcomes and patient satisfaction, particularly among the elderly, lower-income individuals, and those in rural areas (3).

Patient Better addresses this gap by providing a physical curriculum that emphasizes meaningful learning and application of knowledge. By offering practical, understandable health information in a physical format, it empowers patients to actively participate in their healthcare journey. Patients are provided with the knowledge and tools to communicate effectively with healthcare providers, better understand their health conditions, and make informed decisions about their care.

In a study by the Institute of Medicine, it was found that improved health literacy leads to better patient outcomes, increased adherence to treatment, and overall improved public health (4). With a patient-centered approach that embraces all individuals regardless of socioeconomic status or technical aptitude, Patient Better is designed to be a vital tool in improving health literacy and achieving these beneficial outcomes.

The Value of the Patient Better Program: A Deep Dive

Patient Better, with its unique, non-digital approach, has proven to be a valuable asset for healthcare. Its physical curriculum not only offers practical knowledge but also addresses the aspect of health literacy in ways that digital resources often fail to do.

Patient Better’s hands-on learning approach enables patients to truly comprehend their health information. A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine showed that individuals retain health information better when they physically engage with educational materials (5). Patient Better leverages this insight, fostering a better understanding of health conditions, leading to improved patient outcomes and quality of life.

Additionally, this program enables patients to foster effective interactions with their healthcare providers. Research in the British Medical Journal found that patients with higher health literacy levels are more likely to ask questions and seek clarifications from their healthcare providers, leading to more effective health discussions (6). 

Notably, Patient Better addresses the health disparities that arise from the digital divide. A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research has shown that the digital divide can exacerbate health inequalities, particularly among the elderly and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations (7). By providing health literacy in a non-digital format, Patient Better ensures that everyone, regardless of their access to or comfort with digital technologies, can benefit from health education.

Moreover, Patient Better empowers patients to make informed health decisions. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that enhanced health literacy leads to improved adherence to medication schedules, better management of chronic diseases, and decreased hospitalization rates (8).

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Why Healthcare Professionals Should Invest in Patient Better

Patient Better provides numerous benefits for healthcare professionals and their practices. In addition to its patient-focused advantages, this non-digital health resource offers valuable outcomes for professionals looking to enhance the patient experience and the overall quality of care.

Improved patient compliance is a key benefit provided by the Patient Better program. The World Health Organization states that patients who understand their health conditions are significantly more likely to follow treatment plans (9). Given Patient Better’s emphasis on clear, accessible health information, healthcare professionals can anticipate increased adherence to prescribed treatments among their patients.

Additionally, the program can save healthcare providers time and effort by reducing the need to explain basic health concepts repeatedly. A study in the Journal of Medical Practice Management found that healthcare professionals often have to spend extra time during consultations explaining basic health information, which could be better spent addressing more complex or urgent health issues (10). 

Furthermore, Patient Better can increase patient satisfaction. A study in Health Affairs found that better-informed patients are generally more satisfied with their care and have better healthcare experiences (11). Patient Better’s emphasis on health literacy can thus contribute to higher patient satisfaction rates.

Finally, a report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that improved health literacy can enhance the quality of care provided, which is a key metric for the success of healthcare practices (12). 

Investing in Patient Better can lead to a multitude of benefits for healthcare professionals, contributing significantly to the success of their practices and the health outcomes of their patients.

 

Conclusion: Taking Action for Better Patient Outcomes

Patient Better’s unique approach to health education has proven to be an effective tool in addressing health literacy gaps, especially among patients who are less tech-savvy or have limited internet access. As we have seen, this non-digital patient-centered program offers immense value for both patients and healthcare providers.

Revisiting Mary, the 62-year-old woman we introduced at the beginning, we can see how Patient Better could drastically transform her healthcare journey. With Patient Better, Mary would receive accessible, tangible health education materials that help her understand her new diagnosis and its management, thus becoming a more engaged participant in her healthcare. 

For healthcare professionals, Patient Better provides a practical solution to enhance patient education. It improves patient compliance, saves valuable consultation time, and increases patient satisfaction, thereby enhancing the overall quality of care (13, 14, 15, 16). 

Investing in Patient Better can lead to improved health outcomes, patient satisfaction, and practice success. It’s more than just a program; it’s a pathway to empowering patients and fostering better healthcare experiences. We invite you to take a step towards improving your patients’ health literacy by reaching out and ordering Patient Better for your practice. Empower your patients with the knowledge they need, and observe the profound impact it has on their healthcare journey.

 

References

(1) Jacobs, R. J., Lou, J. Q., Ownby, R. L., & Caballero, J. (2016). A systematic review of eHealth interventions to improve health literacy. Health Informatics Journal, 22(2), 81–98.

(2) Bailey, S. C., O’Conor, R., Bojarski, E. A., Mullen, R., Patzer, R. E., Vicencio, D., … & Wolf, M. S. (2015). Literacy disparities in patient access and health-related use of Internet and mobile technologies. Health Expectations, 18(6), 3079-3087.

(3) Neter, E., & Brainin, E. (2012). eHealth literacy: Extending the digital divide to the realm of health information. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14(1).

(4) Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Health Literacy; Nielsen-Bohlman L, Panzer AM, Kindig DA, editors. Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2004.

(5) Brega, A. G., Barnard, J., Mabachi, N. M., Weiss, B. D., DeWalt, D. A., Brach, C., Cifuentes, M., Albright, K., & West, D. R. (2015). AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit, Second Edition. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 30(2), 247

(6) Coulter, A., Entwistle, V., & Gilbert, D. (1999). Sharing decisions with patients: is the information good enough? BMJ, 318(7179), 318-322.

(7) Kontos, E., Blake, K. D., Chou, W. Y., & Prestin, A. (2014). Predictors of eHealth usage: insights on the digital divide from the Health Information National Trends Survey 2012. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 16(7).

(8) 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.

(9) World Health Organization. (2003). Adherence to long-term therapies: evidence for action.

(10) Gatti, M. E., Jacobson, K. L., Gazmararian, J. A., Schmotzer, B., & Kripalani, S. (2009). Relationships between beliefs about medications and adherence. The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 66(7), 657-664.

(11) Cleary, P. D., Edgman-Levitan, S., Roberts, M., Moloney, T. W., McMullen, W., Walker, J. D., & Delbanco, T. L. (1991). Patients evaluate their hospital care: a national survey. Health Affairs, 10(4), 254-267.

(12) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2010). Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: an Update of the Literacy and Health Outcomes Systematic Review of the Literature.

(13) World Health Organization. (2003). Adherence to long-term therapies: evidence for action.

(14) Gatti, M. E., Jacobson, K. L., Gazmararian, J. A., Schmotzer, B., & Kripalani, S. (2009). Relationships between beliefs about medications and adherence. The American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, 66(7), 657-664.

(15) Cleary, P. D., Edgman-Levitan, S., Roberts, M., Moloney, T. W., McMullen, W., Walker, J. D., & Delbanco, T. L. (1991). Patients evaluate their hospital care: a national survey. Health Affairs, 10(4), 254-267.

(16) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (2010). Health Literacy Interventions and Outcomes: an Update of the Literacy and Health Outcomes Systematic Review of the Literature.

Disclaimer

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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