Literacy And Health Literacy

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The term health can be categorized as either mental or physical. Mental health refers to a patient’s cognitive, psychological, and intellectual state of being. Physical health refers to a patient’s physiological and biological state of being. A patient’s health determines how they go on with their lives. There are different levels and dimensions to health, with each encompassing its own array of benefits and detriments. Society may judge health by physical appearance. For example, being overweight might suggest laziness and overeating without adequate exercise. It is uncommon to hear someone refer to being overweight as a result of hypothyroidism. Perhaps a patient suffers from Cushing syndrome and is more prevalent to weight gain. …show more content…
Brown, Campbell, and Ling (2011) determined that differing factors contribute to a patient’s lack of information whether it be access to or the ability to understand. Immigrants, minorities, and low-income families face the obstacle of seeking effective care or treatment due to financial instability, lack of transportation, unavailable resources such as libraries or public health facilities. Lack of proper education, in terms of reading and comprehension denies individuals with the most fundamental skill of health literacy. Other determents such as learning disabilities, the mental decline in some older populations also have an impact on the literacy of health information topics like preventative care, treatments, and medication risks. For example, a study of patients with hypertension revealed that 48% lacked the appropriate knowledge and understanding of their disease (Osborn et al., 2011). This translates into unsatisfactory lifestyle changings such as eating and exercising habits, daily monitoring of blood pressure, and interpretation of the numerical values and their …show more content…
The amount of information being shared and retrieved increases a potential breach in provider/ patient confidentiality. There is a growing concern that the accessibility of information is being too dependent of electronic means. Thought time saving, and generally less cost effective, it is a frontier in the health care world which is still in its growing stages as technology advances and information is modified. On the basic level, a patient needs to be able to understand how the health care system works, the different types of care, and ways to navigate and communicate appropriately with providers, as well as, have an understanding of their own mental and physical

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