Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:
Recognize the scope and implications of health literacy issues.
Know the differences between general literacy, health literacy, and oral health literacy.
List several behaviors that may be indicative of limited literacy.
List common responses that someone with low literacy levels might use.
List several strategies for improving interpersonal communication with patients.
Identify pivotal activities that have focused attention on the importance of oral health.
Discuss several of the ADA initiatives aimed at improving oral health literacy.
Identify and implement strategies to enhance patient understanding.
Learn to evaluate health care literature and documents for their level of reading complexity and make them more readable and easily understood.
Access current oral/health literacy information from online resources.