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This project outlines an intervention delivered at a family medicine residency program in Bangor, ME to increase residents' knowledge of the impact of low health literacy and supply them with communication techniques to help improve patient understanding. Over 36% of U.S. adults have basic or below basic health literacy skills and low health literacy has been shown to lead to poorer health outcomes, increased health disparities, and increased cost. Our presentation focused on communication techniques like Teach-Back, an evidence-based strategy that assesses patient understanding by asking patients to repeat back healthcare instructions in their own words, that has been shown to improve health outcomes.

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Center for Family Medicine, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor ME


Resident, Education, Maine, Health Literacy, Communication, Presentation, Teach Back

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Medical Education | Primary Care

Improving Awareness of Low Health Literacy and Strategies to Overcome It