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Assessing Functional Health Literacy Among Hispanic Elders With Chronic Disease

TitleAssessing Functional Health Literacy Among Hispanic Elders With Chronic Disease
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMcLeod-Sordjan, R
JournalJournal for Nurse PractitionersJournal for Nurse Practitioners
Volume7
Pagination839-846
ISBN Number1555-4155
KeywordsAged, Chronic Disease -- In Old Age, Hispanics -- In Old Age -- United States, Literacy -- In Old Age, Patient Education -- In Old Age, Questionnaires, United States
AbstractAbstract: Patients'' ability to access health care, obtain medications, and comprehend discharge instructions can be affected by their functional health literacy. Functional health literacy can be diminished by a lack of education, cultural factors, and inability to comprehend the language. Hispanic Americans age 65 and older are a vulnerable population at risk for diminished health literacy. Improvement can lead to better control of chronic disease. This article outlines 4 evidence-based, standardized approaches to assessing functional health literacy among elderly Hispanic American patients. A culturally competent, tailored approach to reduce Hispanic health disparities will also be discussed.