Health literacy and patient education are important component of U.S. healthcare delivery
as documented by the Institute of Medicine, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services
and others. The Patient Education Needs Assessment in Osteopathic Healthcare Centers
is comprised of collecting baseline information about patient education from three
data points: one is the physician/patient dynamic which will be accomplished through
a series of physician-shadowing observations; the second is small physician, healthcare
students and psychologist based focus groups, and third is a short patient survey.
Collecting data using these three methodologies permits an assessment that is comprehensive.
The baseline evidence from this assessment will be evaluated, compiled and conclusions
formed. The reported conclusions can be used as a basis for future study where goals
would be more targeted toward specific aspects of overall patient population.
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Information Seeking and End-of-Life Decision-making
Terminally ill patients and their caregivers face complicated choices about palliative
services and end-of-life (EOL) care, including decisions related to completing a DNR
order or advance directive, selecting a health care proxy, and utilizing hospice services.
The Delaware Experiment - A Health Literacy Delivery Collaborative
A multi-year demonstration pilot that was designed to provide up-to-date patient education
and community health information in public libraries statewide.