Diabetes Patients with Low Literacy Skills
The goal of this course is to help healthcare professionals learn how to educate diabetes patients who have low literacy skills.

Course Publication Date: May 15, 2020

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active one year unlimited membership!

Author:Anita Rothera-Delaney RN, BS
Course No:DPLL121019
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Geriatric Medicine
Community & Home Health
Medical & Surgical Issues
Learning Objectives
  • Discuss three specific tasks diabetes patients might be required to carry out regarding their treatment decisions.

  • Define and discuss functional and health literacy and discuss the special challenges people have if their first language is not English.

  • Explain the magnitude and health-related implications of the literacy problem in the U.S.

  • Describe how pictographs convey a lot of information quickly.

  • Describe some of the direct effects of literacy on health.

  • Describe some of the indirect effects of literacy on health.

  • Name four techniques to improve oral communication.

  • List four things to avoid when teaching people with low literacy skills.

  • Define criteria for producing patient education materials and evaluating the appropriateness of existing materials for patients with low literacy skills.

  • Compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of several common strategies for assessing literacy in clinic populations.

  • Examine whether their current teaching strategies meet the needs of persons with low literacy skills.


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