Nielsen-Bohlman, Lynn. Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2004. Print.
Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion is discussing how depending on your demographics, schooling, or upbringing, you may have communication barriers (poor health literacy) with your health care provider. Also, it speaks on ways of improving these barriers by having classes and being tested on the information to see if there were any improvements.
Health Literacy is becoming a health concern for many. “ Health literacy skills are needed for dialogue and discussion, reading health information, interpreting charts, making decisions about participating in research studies…calculating timing or dosage of medicine, or voting on health or environmental issues” (Nielsen- Bohlman). Those who are categorized as having low health literacy are usually age 65 & up, poor, or those without a high school degree or equivalent (Nielsen- Bohlman). Although health literacy seems to be based on level of education and upbringing, there are still people with college degrees who have inadequate health literacy. This could be due to the fact that there isn’t any know colleges or universities that require or provide a course on health literacy and all it entails (Nielsen- Bohlman). Those of the age 65 & up tend to have health literacy issues when it comes to understanding their medication information (dosage amount and time) and understanding their health conditions (Nielsen- Bohlman). The government has yet to make laws that require health care providers to interpret information to those with low/limited literacy as they do for non English speaking persons and seeing or hearing disabled persons but reports has shown that they will begin to change in the future (Nielsen- Bohlman).
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