Joint Commission warns on consent, literacy

May 2007
Healthcare Risk Management;May2007, Vol. 29 Issue 5, p58
Low literacy can hamper efforts to communicate key information to patients, especially during the informed consent process. Failure to address this common problem can threaten patient safety and risk increased liability. • Low literacy is common in all communities and patient populations. • Even people who can read and write may have difficulty with health information. • Asking patients to repeat information is a good test of understanding.


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