Health Communication: Implications for Diverse Populations The need for improved communication about health-related topics is evident in statistics about the health literacy of adults living in the United States. The negative impact of poor health communication is huge, resulting in poor health outcomes, health disparities, and high health care costs. The importance of good health communication ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2011
Health Communication: Implications for Diverse Populations
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  • Amy Hasselkus
    Health Care Services, The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rockville, MD
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Article   |   March 01, 2011
Health Communication: Implications for Diverse Populations
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, March 2011, Vol. 18, 12-19. doi:10.1044/cds18.1.12
SIG 14 Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Populations, March 2011, Vol. 18, 12-19. doi:10.1044/cds18.1.12

The need for improved communication about health-related topics is evident in statistics about the health literacy of adults living in the United States. The negative impact of poor health communication is huge, resulting in poor health outcomes, health disparities, and high health care costs. The importance of good health communication is relevant to all patient populations, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Efforts are underway at all levels, from individual professionals to the federal government, to improve the information patients receive so that they can make appropriate health care decisions. This article describes these efforts and discusses how speech-language pathologists and audiologists may be impacted.

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