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Kilonzo, B., Hughes, M., O'Connell, R.;
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Health Literacy and coronary heart disease: Implications for nurses
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Health literacy is an issue that can have considerable impact on patients with self-management regimes that require medication adherence and lifestyle changes. Patients with lower levels of health literacy ask fewer questions and consequently are more prone to errors. This can have major consequences for the patient, family and health-care providers. This article provides a review of the key issues related to health literacy: how it is defined; the impact of health literacy on health outcomes; why it is a useful concept for cardiac nurses to be aware of and strategies nurses should consider to enhance patients' health literacy. It is known that low levels of health literacy affect people's perception of their health. Poor health literacy affects all sectors of society. The tips included here could enhance cardiac nurses' educative efforts, making each client ultimately more health-literateand efficient at self-care.
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