(ED NOTE: Thank goodness, it is Sunday, and there is not much traffic around the watercooler, because there would be a Stentorian ruckus, once the workers found out how many infographics are on this post.)

They don’t know what they were told or are supposed to do.

By Ann Tracy Mueller | Posted: July 30, 2013

A few months ago when I visited a doctor’s office, the nurse asked me if I’d fill out a questionnaire before I left. The practice was participating in a survey to determine whether patients understood their instructions when they left the office.

Recently, I found an infographic on the topic from Orca Health.

Many are the times I’ve left a doctor’s visit or one for one of my children and wondered after I got home, “Now what was I supposed to do?”

I’m not alone. Statistics in this infographic show that about half of us don’t know what we were told at a doctor’s visit or what we’re supposed to do when we leave the exam room.

There’s a high toll for this low health literacy—$238 billion a year, due to people not taking medication or seeking appropriate treatment.

Why the problem? Patients don’t understand doctor’s instructions, medical jargon and more.

See how physicians can improve adherence with better communication.

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