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90 million Americans have low health Missouri 35% of adults have prose literacy at or below basic skill level2. Literacy, more specifically health literacy, is a modifiable social determinant of health that has a large impact on patient care and outcome. Poor health literacy in adults is associated with a higher number of ED visits and worse health outcomes3,4. Teach back is a method used in multiple pediatric and adult settings, shown to improve patient outcomes and comfort with discharge instructions5. There is limited data regarding teach back in non-English speaking patients and its efficacy with this group of patients. Our long-term goal is to address disparity in discharge education for non-English speaking patients in the Emergency Department with the use of the teach back method. Our central hypothesis is that using the “Teach Back” method with non-English speaking patients will improve patient medication compliance, and reduce return to ED. To test our central hypothesis and attain the overall objective, we will pursue the following specific aims: Aim 1. Use teach back with non-English speaking patients for discharge instructions. Our working hypothesis is that using teach back for non-English speaking patients will improve patient understanding of discharge instructions and reduce ED return times. We will complete surveys post-discharge with families via phone Aim 2. Measure patient compliance with medications after discharge. Our central hypothesis is that using teach back in the ED setting at discharge will improve patient medication compliance.

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Emergency Medicine | Pediatrics

When and Where Presented

PEM Fellows Conference; Columbus, OH; April 2-4, 2022

Parental Teach Back in the ED setting for Non-English Speaking Families