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October 1, 2010

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  • TJC: New patient-centered communication standards good for education

    The new patient-centered communication standards issued by The Joint Commission support the work patient education managers already have been doing, according to Amy Wilson-Stronks, MPP, the project director on health disparities in the Division of Quality Measurement and Research.
  • Try adult literacy groups to learn skills

    Partnerships between health care systems and literacy groups would be a good way to improve communication between patients with low-health literacy and health care providers, says Jeff Burkhart, MS, executive director of the Literacy Network of Dane County, a nonprofit organization in Madison, WI.
  • Ways to effectively educate all patients

    In the treatment chapter of "Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient-and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals," issued by The Joint Commission, hospitals are told that patient education materials should be written at a 5th grade or lower reading level.
  • Partnership targets high-risk mothers

    Prenatal and infancy home visitations to high-risk mothers do produce positive results that decrease government spending, improve the lives of the mothers, and improve academic achievement of children according to studies published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
  • Nursing visits enhance outcomes

    Research conducted by Nurse-Family Partnership shows positive results for the evidence-based community health program focused on high-risk mothers in the first two trimesters of pregnancy.
  • Patients use Internet to find health info

    Use of the Internet has exploded in the past 10 years in all areas: retail, communications, research, socialization, and even health information. In a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, data show that 51% of American adults living with chronic disease have looked online for information about a specific disease, a certain medical procedure, prescription or over-the-counter drugs, or health insurance.
  • Depression increases risk of dementia

    People who experience depression have more than a 50% increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease later in life, according to a study published in Neurology, the medical Journal of the American Academy of Neurology.