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Pharmacists’ Roles in the Increase of Health Literacy Among Patients

Title

Pharmacists’ Roles in the Increase of Health Literacy Among Patients

Edition

2nd

ISBN or ISSN

9780190238308

Chapter

7

Publication Date / Copyright Date

2018

Publisher

Oxford University Press

DOI Number

10.1093/med/9780190238308.001.0001

Abstract

Many of the challenges people face in today’s society have their origins in the early years and experiences of life, including problems with words, numeracy, and problem-solving. Layer onto these problems the need to successfully navigate today’s complex health care setting, and patients who have low health literacy and numeracy experience significant problems affecting their utilization of health care services. This chapter frames health literacy as a major public health problem, particularly its impact on patient care and its effects on health promotion and disease prevention efforts. It also addresses the roles of pharmacists, from identifying low health literacy patients and providing interventions to recommending individualized tools to assist in the everyday care of these patients.

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Keywords

health literacy, pharmacists, public health

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