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Illiteracy2 - HEALTH ILLITERACY AND THE NEED FOR EDUCATION...

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HEALTH ILLITERACY AND THE NEED FOR EDUCATION 2 Illiteracy affects people not only in the United States, but all over the world. Someone who is illiterate is unable to read or write. In the health care setting health literacy not only refers to reading and writing abilities, but it also involves the process of exchanging information and how we communicate about health care. The ability to understand written or verbal information is imperative to ones health. An example would be when signing a consent form for a surgery. This document states that you understand and are aware of the procedure that is about to take place. Patients who struggle with illiteracy have a lack of knowledge about their medical condition and how to care for the condition. This is evident in the patients who are discharged from the hospital and do not even get their prescriptions filled (Hunt, 2009). An Irish survey found that 20% of people are not confident in understanding all the information given to them by their healthcare provider. Some 43% would only sometimes ask a
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