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Health Literacy and Cultural Competence in Integrative Preventive Health and Medicine 

Health Literacy and Cultural Competence in Integrative Preventive Health and Medicine
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Health Literacy and Cultural Competence in Integrative Preventive Health and Medicine
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Andrew Pleasant

and Jennifer Cabe

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190241254.003.0003
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date: 10 December 2018

As the United States and the world continue to experience unsustainable growth in the rates of chronic disease and rising healthcare costs, most urgently needed are upstream solutions—far before the point of people needing and seeking medical treatment. What is required to address this untenable situation is a shift in the underlying premises of the health and medical philosophies and infrastructure. This chapter will propose that an evidence-based solution lies in a convergence between an integrative approach to health and medicine and health literacy. That convergence inherently embraces cultural competency and leads health systems, healthcare professionals, and the people they serve to work together as a newly integrated whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.

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