There are several web sites which describe the types of behaviors which could signal low ability to read -- behaviors you can observe in a typical encounter, without any formal testing. In addition to Pfizer's Clear Health Communication site listed above, the Florida ABE Practitioners' Task Force Committee provides this useful site: "If your patient can't read".
Other signs to look for include:
- Patients may ask to take paperwork home to complete.
- Patients may say that they forgot their glasses at home.
- Patients may always bring a friend or family member to appointments to complete paperwork.
If you are aware of other signs, please add them to the Comments.