Aimee Swartz


Here’s What Happens When People Don’t Understand Their Doctor

The growing epidemic of health illiteracy is dangerous. #projectliteracy

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The young woman who doesn’t know that the antibiotics she is taking for a common infection reduce the effectiveness of her birth control pill and necessitate a second form of contraception. The elderly man who avoids going to the doctor altogether because he’s overwhelmed by unfamiliar medical terms and unexplained acronyms on the forms he must fill out at each appointment. The mother who puts her baby to bed on its stomach rather than its back, unknowingly placing her child at risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).

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