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Health literacy: understanding basic health information.

Authors
  • Squellati, Robin
Type
Published Article
Journal
Creative nursing
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2010
Volume
16
Issue
3
Pages
110–114
Identifiers
PMID: 20879618
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Health literacy is a significant concern for Americans. Understanding health information is vital in addressing issues of access, quality, and affordability. If nurses are not able to teach patients effectively about their conditions and treatments, outcomes will be adversely affected. Providing information in ways that are appropriate for the patient's health literacy level is a step toward decreasing health disparities and increasing patient compliance. Online information can be useful to both nurses and patients.

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