Tag Archives: Surgery

Health Numeracy

There is a growing awareness of the importance of health literacy – the extent to which patients and their families are able to understand words we speak and the written materials we provide. This is a good thing, since there is very good evidence that patients who have a better understanding of their condition and recommended treatment feel better, adhere better to recommendations, enjoy better health outcomes and rate the experience of their care higher. Oh, and they also sue for malpractice less frequently. The problem for providers is that it is not easy to get this right. Continue reading Health Numeracy

Health Care Costs

There were 2 articles in the New England Journal of Medicine  this past week that caught my eye.  Although they appear to address very different subjects, I believe they have an important connection. Continue reading Health Care Costs