Challenges and Implications of Health Literacy in Global Health Care

Challenges and Implications of Health Literacy in Global Health Care

Kijpokin Kasemsap (Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University, Thailand)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7489-7.ch015

Abstract

This chapter explains the perspectives on health literacy, trends and issues with health literacy, and the challenges and implications of health literacy in global healthcare. Health literacy concerns the knowledge and competences of patient to meet the complex demands of health in modern healthcare. Providing effective patient information means acknowledging, understanding, and overcoming barriers to health literacy that physicians, health professionals, and patients might experience. Health literacy affects health behavior and the use of health services, thus affecting health outcomes and health costs in the healthcare organizations. The benefits of health literacy improvement include improved communication, greater adherence to treatment, greater ability to engage in self-care, improved health status, greater healthcare efficiency, and cost savings to the healthcare systems.
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Theory And Applications Of Health Literacy

This section emphasizes the perspectives on health literacy; trends and issues with health literacy; and the challenges and implications of health literacy in global health care.

Perspectives on Health Literacy

Health literacy encompasses several abilities including word recognition, reading comprehension, communication skills, and conceptual knowledge (Macek et al., 2010). The components of literacy include reading, writing, verbal communication, numeracy, and conceptual knowledge (Nielsen-Bohlman, Panzer, & Kindig, 2004). Federman et al. (2009) stated that memory and verbal communication fluency are strongly associated with health literacy. Effective communication among health professions is a necessary component of health care, as no single profession can adequately respond to the complexity of health problems that patients may possess (Barr, 2002).

While health literacy is a complex concept that includes many components, print prose and print document literacy are two essential health literacy skills that help patients understand the written health information (Baker, 2006). Written health information can be found in various areas of health, and includes medical instructions, medication information, disease information, admission forms, informed consent materials, and other examples (Hadden, 2015).

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