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Illiteracy - information given to them by their healthcare...

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ILLITERACY: THE DIVIDE BETWEEN HEALTH AND EDUCATION 2 In the context of the health care setting the term “health literacy” refers to a patient’s ability to obtain, process, and understand the information upon which they receive and the services needed to make health decisions. Unfortunately, many patients struggle with illiteracy and are unable to make appropriate health decisions. These patients are not just in the United States, but all over the world. An Irish survey found that 20% of people are not confident in understanding all the
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Unformatted text preview: information given to them by their healthcare provider. Some 43% would only sometimes ask for clarification; 10% admitted that they took a wrong dosage amount due to lack of understanding the instructions and 66% admitted having difficulty understanding signs and directions in the hospital (O’Connell, Hughes & Kilonzo, 2010). These consequences may not only result in serious health complications, but also in hospitalization, treatment, and loss of work time....
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