Fo­cus goes on bet­ter care

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Poor health lit­er­acy causes many inequities in health out­comes.

Sit­u­a­tions we see reg­u­larly in­clude peo­ple not un­der­stand­ing the cause of their con­di­tion, for­get­ting much of what the doc­tor has told them, not re­al­is­ing the im­por­tance of con­tin­u­ing their ther­apy, not read­ing the in­struc­tions on their medicine la­bel, stop­ping ther­apy when they have side ef­fects rather seek­ing al­ter­na­tive medicine, and think­ing one medicine will treat all their ill­nesses.

As part of the Health Qual­ity and Safety Com­mis­sion’s ‘‘Let’s plan for bet­ter care’’ from Fe­bru­ary 22 till 28, we will be fo­cus­ing on im­prov­ing the health lit­er­acy of our pa­tients.

We will spend ex­tra time with cus­tomers that week to en­sure they un­der­stand their ill­ness, their medicine, and the need to ask for help if they have ques­tions.

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