Here’s an article I found about the issues illiterate people face at the doctor’s office.
It’s interesting how much of the content overlaps with our discussion with Becky Carpenter, and for me it really hit home the importance of organizations like the GLCP to both the well-being and safety of their members.
Also, I think that the author brings up a great point in his suggestion that doctors should emphasize verbal communication with patients. I never really thought about it before, but looking back, I can’t remember my doctor ever explaining any medication dosage instructions…I always just read it from the bottle. It’s one more example of how much we take our literacy for granted and how difficult and, in some cases, dangerous life without it can be.
On a side note, it’s a little ironic that near the end the author addresses and advises illiterate people in a written article…