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7 Reflections on Lessons Learned
Pages 63-68

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From page 63...
... Third, instead of talking about incentives, what are the financial models that align with supporting the development of health literacy proficiency? Patrick McGarry said that the workshop and, in particular, Horton's presentation brought home why health literacy is important -- because of people and because their beliefs and the context in which they live affect health.
From page 64...
... Another important point that emerged from the paper and the discussion is the idea that health literacy is closely related to patient safety, which may motivate providers to incorporate health literacy into their practices. Finally, although none of the panelists represented the pharmaceutical industry, that sector has been involved in health literacy activities for quite some time because of its recognition that health literacy and medication safety are closely related.
From page 65...
... Another important concept that emerged is the need to trace what happens to patients across a continuum that includes not only the health care setting but also the patient's cultural and home environments because those environments play key roles in determining whether patients follow treatment regimens. Clarence Pearson said that the workshop has shown the importance of getting four sectors -- government, business, nonprofits, and academia -- to work together to foster health literate practices.
From page 66...
... The other shift is to integrate the concepts of health literacy with cultural language and plain language as essential ingredients for effective communication. The presentations foster support for broadening the concept of health literacy in these ways.
From page 67...
... George Isham said that the group discussed the need to track a patient across a continuum. There is also a need for integration across a con tinuum, including the need to integrate dental, medical care, and mental health care.

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