Despite teaching endeavors, nurses are constantly faced with patients who do not understand how to manage their healthcare. This problem has come to the forefront of healthcare issues. As a society, there is concern that despite medical advances, progress with healthcare may be in jeopardy because the skills needed by patients to manage their care are insufficient.
This issue is affected by many factors. One of the most prominent factors is the lack of patient health literacy skill assessment. One of the first and most basic parts of the nursing process is to assess the patient. To teach patients, we must identify their learning needs, but the assessment cannot stop there. Nurses need to know patients' health literacy skills so that they can teach them in the best manner possible.
This article provides specific information on health literacy assessment tools and the skills needed by nurses to use these tools. Each nurse must decide what tools will work for his or her patients, so that in the end, each patient will understand how to manage his or her healthcare.