Alliance of International Nurses for Improved Health Literacy

Is Health Literacy the Next Vital Sign?

Posted over 7 years ago by Amelia J. Roberts BSN RN CPN

Hello Fellow Nurses for Improved Health Literacy!

Many of us are interested in Health Literacy for many reasons. Namely, we may have seen the harm that results when patients to not fully understand their care instructions. In light of the harm that can result , could measuring understanding the competencies and measures for Health Literacy be as important as Vital Sign Measurement?

I invite you to review the 2015 presentation by Robert Pinhero Executive Director Literacy Council of Williamson County Texas. Mr. Pinhero explores the importance of measuring Health Literacy and discusses best practice. His article can be found here