The first step in improving patients' health literacy is getting doctors to realize that it's their problem, too.
Sep 1, 2003
Low health literacy is widely recognized as a public health issue that affects access to care for people of all ages, races, and income levels. However, the stigma experienced by people with "diseases of denial"-such as erectile dysfunction (ED), HIV/AIDS, herpes, mental illness, and constipation-is an equally insidious, yet less tangible obstacle to seeking medical treatment. When low health literacy and denial coexist, the barriers to care can be overwhelming.