The feasibility and time required for routine health literacy assessment in surgical practice and effect on patient satisfaction

Ryan D. Eubanks, Jesse N. Nodora, Chiu-Hsieh Hsu, Marian Bagley, Marcia E. Bouton, Maria Elena Martinez, Ian K. Komenaka

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Abstract

Patients with limited health literacy (HL) have higher likelihood of problems with communication and may decrease patient satisfaction. This study was performed to determine the time required for routine HL assessment and its effect on patient satisfaction. Retrospective review over four years of consecutive patients who attended a breast clinic who underwent HL assessment as part of routine care. A total of 3126 consecutive patients from 2010 to 2014. Of the 3126 patients (96.9%), 3030 of were capable of undergoing HL assessment. No patients refused assessment, but one patient was inadvertently missed [3029 of 3030 patients (99.9%)]. The average age was 45 years and 10.5 years of education. The average time required was 1:57 minutes. Only 19 per cent of patients had adequate HL. Per each 1000 patients the time decreased (2:07, 1:58, 1:47; P < 0.001). Newest Vital Sign score did not change with time (1.6, 1.8, 1.7; P 5 NS). Patient satisfaction ratings increased during each subsequent year of HL assessments (P 5 0.002). Routine HL assessment is feasible in surgical practice. HL assessment allows for identification of patients at risk for miscommunication. Implementation of communication strategies as described on the AMA website can improve patient-clinician communication and improve patient satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)458-464
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Volume83
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Medicine(all)

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    Eubanks, R. D., Nodora, J. N., Hsu, C-H., Bagley, M., Bouton, M. E., Martinez, M. E., & Komenaka, I. K. (2017). The feasibility and time required for routine health literacy assessment in surgical practice and effect on patient satisfaction. American Surgeon, 83(5), 458-464.