Health Literacy and A&E
Health literacy can be defined as ‘the personal characteristics and social resources needed for individuals and communities to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health.’(WHO, 2015)
A&E departments are under increasing pressure, which is leading to high numbers of patients being admitted, according to a new report from the National Audit Office (NAO). As a team of senior clinicians working with accident and emergency we are first to feel that pressure. With PulseMedic we are engaging our community. From the web it is said
- Public ignorant of NHS out-of-hours options, except A&E
- Majority of rare cancer cases diagnosed in A&E
- What is the A&E standard and how is the NHS performing?
- Has the number of people going to A&E increased?
- Is the pressure on A&E mainly a result of people going to A&E when they should go somewhere else?
- Do more people need to be admitted to a hospital bed from A&E?
- Are delays in discharging patients from hospital having an impact?
- Are A&E pressures due to staff shortages?
How big a problem is health literacy in England?
We know that levels of functional health literacy are low in England. Health information in current circulation is written at too complex a level for 43% of working age adults (16-65 years); this figure rises to 61% if the health information includes numeracy. We do not know how many people are additionally burdened by low interactive and critical health literacy skills but numbers are likely to be even higher.
We also know that low health literacy has real effects on health and illness. In England, older people with low health literacy have higher mortality. Research from the US and Europe shows people with low health literacy are more likely to have a long-term health condition and this is more likely to limit their activities. People with low health literacy rate their health as lower than people with higher health literacy levels; people with low health literacy and lower educational levels are more likely to have unhealthy lifestyles.
Pulse Medic comprisesof local hospitals. North Middlesex University Hospital, Barts Health, Imperial College, London Ambulance Service, BHR Hospitals, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, Hurley Group, Edgware Community Hospital, Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust. At Pulse Medic are addressing the problem of health literacy head on.
Health literacy Themes
Patient Engagement, Patient Feedback, Patient Support, Patient Communication , Patient Education, Practitioner Education. health Outcomes, Equitable Health, Health Information, Patient Empowerment, Patient Enablement, Health Transformation, Diverse Communities, Patient Outreach, Community Health Services, Stakeholder Engagement, Health Behaviour, Health Technologies, Health Monitoring, Health Service Evaluation, Health Service transformation, Patient Activation Measure (PAM), Patient Reviews. Visitation. inertness, Digital Engagement,Social Engagement.
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