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Pharmacists’ Roles in the Increase of Health Literacy Among Patients 

Pharmacists’ Roles in the Increase of Health Literacy Among Patients
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Pharmacists’ Roles in the Increase of Health Literacy Among Patients
Author(s):

Barry A Bleidt

, Carmita A Coleman

, Silvia E Rabionet

, and Ardis Hanson

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190238308.003.0007
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date: 22 August 2018

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.

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