“Health Literacy is fundamental to quality care.” – Dr. David A. Kindig
Many Americans struggle to both understand and properly utilize information regarding their health, and it can sometimes seem impossible to keep up with the latest medical research.
Medical studies encompass a wide array of research ranging from the most basic explanation of fundamental scientific principles to advanced clinical research involving patients.
Millions of consumers gather health-related information from magazines, television or online. Some of this information is reliable and up to date, but some can be misleading and incorrect. How can you tell the good from the bad? One of the most important things you can do to ensure you are only consuming reliable information is to read the medical research yourself.
Guiding our discussion will be the following Topic (T#:) Questions:
T1: Do you read medical research publications? Why or why not?
T2: Beyond doctors, where can patients find reliable information on medical research?
T3: What are some of the questions to ask yourself when evaluating medical research?
T4: What are the most important points to consider when reading medical research?
T5: What are your tips for bringing up medical research with doctors?
T6: Other than enrolling in research, what other ways can empowered patients get involved with research?
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