Here is a repost of one of our favorite – and most popular – guest blogs from last year’s Engaging the Patient Health Literacy Month series. If you didn’t catch Dr. Seligman’s post from this year’s edition, make sure to read Can You Take the Patient Out of the Health Literacy Problem.
Hilary Seligman, MD– I have a patient who I will call Antonia.
Antonia is in her early 70’s. She came to the United States from Guatemala many years ago, but never learned to speak much English. This doesn’t cause her much of a problem; her community is small and tightly-knit, so she doesn’t have much need to speak English in her home or her neighborhood. And she has a large family—children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren—who live close by.
Antonia is one of my favorite patients. We communicate in different languages, and taking…
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