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Health Literacy and Health Outcomes of Adults in the United States: Implications for Providers

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dc.contributor.author McDonald, Marilyn
dc.contributor.author Shenkman, Laura
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-16T16:29:49Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-16T16:29:49Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.citation McDonald M, Shenkman LJ. Health Literacy and Health Outcomes of Adults in the United States: Implications for Providers. The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2018 Oct 03;16(4), Article 2. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1540-580X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12264/20
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this paper is to explore health literacy of adults in theUnited States and review health outcomes as well as provider implications. Limited health literacy is a serious problem in the United States. Approximately 80 million adults in the United States have limited health literacy, which can adversely affect the quality of their health care. Poor health outcomes are associated with being health illiterate. Evidence shows that limited health literacy is associated with more hospitalizations; greater use of emergency care; lower receipt of mammography screening and influenza vaccine; poorer ability to demonstrate taking medications properly; poorer ability to interpret drug labels and health messages; and, among elderly persons, poorer overall health status and higher mortality rates. Health literacy is essential for patients to be able to take control and manage their own health. The benefits of being health literate include greater patient safety, less hospitalizations, a greater ability to care for oneself, and a greater cost savings to the healthcare system. This paper emphasizes “best practices” recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO),1 The American Medical Association (AMA),2 the Institute of Medicine (IOM),3 the Center for Disease Control (CDC),4 and the Joint Commission (JCAHO) 5 When patients, providers and communities work together to understand and improve health literacy a greater quality of life will result. Today’s health care providers are in a position to make an impact on the health illiteracy epidemic and improve the patient’s understanding about their health and outcomes. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice en_US
dc.rights Published by The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice at https://nsuworks.nova.edu/ijahsp/vol16/iss4/2/ under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/
dc.subject Health Literacy en_US
dc.title Health Literacy and Health Outcomes of Adults in the United States: Implications for Providers en_US
dc.type Article en_US
local.external.uri https://nsuworks.nova.edu/ijahsp/vol16/iss4/2/


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Published by The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice at https://nsuworks.nova.edu/ijahsp/vol16/iss4/2/ under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as Published by The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice at https://nsuworks.nova.edu/ijahsp/vol16/iss4/2/ under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

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