Health Illiteracy Undermines Preventive Care
It is common knowledge that the American healthcare system is considered by many of its clients as unfriendly. Rosenbaum (2013) provides that communication strategies employed by healthcare staff such as doctors are poor. The result is the widespread perception that “Doctors are rude. Doctors don’t listen. Doctors have no time. Doctors don’t explain things in terms patients understand” (Rosenbaum, 2013). There are lifestyle behaviors that place people in different age groups at heightened risk of contracting incurable diseases and health conditions. Through proper communication strategies, it is possible to avail information to such people groups and subsequently have them adopt desirable and risk-averse lifestyles. Working as a volunteer at a community based health facility, I noted that health illiteracy poses significant challenges towards eliminating health disparities via strong advocacy for preventive care approaches.
Though the country’s healthcare apparatus is known to be unfriendly to its clientele, a worse scenario is presented among persons with low health literacy capabilities. For instance, these people often underutilize preventive care services and more worrying are the high rates of emerg