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Leverage Health Literacy for Better Outcomes

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Assessing patients’ ability to process basic health information can help improve compliance with treatment recommendations.

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
After reading this course, the participant should be able to:

  1. Define oral health literacy.
  2. Describe the health implications and financial impact of low oral health literacy.
  3. Discuss methods for assessing oral health literacy.
  4. Identify strategies to effectively communicate with patients who have low oral health literacy.

This course was issued in the June 2017 issue and expires 6/30/20. The authors have no commercial conflicts of interest to disclose. This 2 credit hour self-study activity is electronically mediated.

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