TMTalks: Health Literacy with Margaret Danilovich, PT, DPT, PhD, GCS, Op-Ed Author

Have you ever looked at the statistics? According to 2003 National Assessment of Adult Health Literacy, only 12% of the population has proficient health literacy. Health literacy is defined as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” In this episode, we chat with Margaret Danilovich, PT, PhD, GCS, and author of the op-ed in the Huffington Post “Trump’s HIV/HPV Blunder Reveals a Fundamental Healthcare Problem”. The article was also picked up by CNN (you can find it here). How do you know if your patient has low health literacy? What do you do? How does it affect your treatment?

(10 minute listen)

Here are the episode highlights:

  • [00:56] What is health literacy? How does that trickle down to your patients?
  • [2:30] What is the best thing you can do for your patients? What do you need to do to make sure your patients understand you are giving them?
  • [3:52] How do you assess health literacy in your patients? (Newest Vital Sign—Pfizer)
  • [5:25] The power differential between patient and provider
  • [6:20] Are there resources for patients that we identify as health illiterate?
  • [8:08] “It’s something that’s so stigmatizing that this is not something that your patients will bring up to you.”

Resources from this episode:

The Newest Vital Sign

Read Margaret’s article here on Huffington Post and here on CNN. She also wrote a piece on the Therapy Cap repeal for the Hill, which you can find here

Follow Margaret on Twitter here @margaretptdpt.

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