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Bridging the Health Literacy Gap

Building Understanding through Informed Consent and Repeat-Back

Informed consent for any medical procedure is a critical patient care process. When properly performed, the informed consent process provides a patient with the information needed to make rational decisions and promotes patient autonomy. Many studies have documented limitations in current informed consent methodologies. These limitations include poor comprehension, inadequate time for discussion, poor documentation […]


Aaron Fink, MD, FACS Dr. Fink is Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. He served as Chief of Surgery at the Atlanta VA Medical Center for 16 years before taking the position of Chief Surgical Consultant for the Southeastern VA Network. He now serves as the Chief Medical Officer supporting the Clinical Content Team at Taylor Healthcare.

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Bridging the Health Literacy Gap

Healthcare Coaches: The Health System’s Missing Link

By the year 2020, over 157 million people will have chronic diseases and will be seeking medical care1. When you add this to the fact that there is a shortage of primary care providers, healthcare coaches become an integral part of population health. I am a pharmacist with a burning passion to empower patients. I […]


Sarah Riley Cox, PharmD Sarah Riley Cox is the founder and CEO of My Med Coach. Sarah holds a Doctorate in pharmacy and is working towards completing her Master of Science in pharmacy leadership and administration along with her health-system pharmacy administration residency. In her spare time, Sarah blogs on My Med Guru to empower and educate patients about the healthcare system. Sarah envisions a healthcare system with smooth transitions, engaged and empowered patients, and no medication errors and she works toward this goal in everything that she does.

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Bridging the Health Literacy Gap

Connect Patient Engagement and Cultural Competence to Drive Health Management

Editor’s introduction: A serious gap exists between what providers intend to convey and what patients and families understand.The fact is the lack of health literacy costs the U.S. more than $100 billion annually, according to the Victor Dzau, president of the Institute of Medicine. Speaking at the IOM’s Roundtable on Health Literacy, which was convened […]


Mauvareen Beverley, MD Dr. Mauvareen Beverley is Assistant Vice President at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC). Prior to this post, she was she was responsible for the Care Management Department at Kings County Hospital Center which is located in Brooklyn, NY and is part of NYCHFC. Notably, she developed a Care Management Training Program that promotes patient-centered care that emphasized improving Patient and Family Engagement and the eradicating negative language towards patients such as Frequent Flyers, Non-compliant and Drug Seekers.

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