School of Nursing
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Teach-Back education method, low health literacy, Type II diabetes, effective communication
Romero, Sonia, "Using the “Teach-Back” Education Method with Type II Diabetic Patients and Health Literacy: An Integrative Review" (2022). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 3364.
Effective communication provides healthcare providers and patients an opportunity to address issues or concerns. Effective communication is linked to improving patient outcomes. Patients with low health literacy are unable to understand, read, comprehend, or discuss the information provided by their healthcare providers. Poor health literacy directly affects disease management and leads to poor patient outcomes. The increase rate of obesity worldwide has quadrupled, the unhealthy lifestyle is one of the risk factors causing adults to develop Type II Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM). T2DM is a condition in where the pancreas does not produce sufficient insulin to absorb the glucose consumed. T2DM can be prevented or controlled with proper management of the disease along with lifestyle changes. The purpose of the project is to identify if the use of the teach-back education method with Type II diabetic patients and health literacy can improve education, communication, and patient outcomes. An analysis of the literature further supports the need to communicate effectively with patients who have T2DM and poor health literacy.