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Patient Behaviors Indicating Low Literacy or Language Comprehension

Purpose:

To identify certain behaviors by a patient that may indicate low literacy or difficulty comprehending the language.

Specialty:

General content (available to all)

Objective:

other testing, selection, public health

ICD-10:

Z55.0

Description:

Certain behaviors may indicate that a patient is illiterate or does not understand the language and that the patient is too embarrassed to admit this. These clues can help the healthcare provider to recognize a potential problem and to respond appropriately.

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