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Health Literacy and Diabetes Management
A review of the research on functional health literacy (FHL) and its relation to diabetes outcomes.
# 153084 | 1,466 words | 4 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on May 02, 2013 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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The paper explains that health literacy is a determination of a patient's capability to read, understand, and take action on medical directives, and that low health literacy is widespread amid racial and ethnic minorities, aged people, and people with constant conditions, principally in public arenas. The paper focuses on the management of diabetes and reviews studies on the impact of low levels of functional health literacy (FHL) on glycemic control and outcomes. The paper highlights the direct relationship between health literacy and diabetes outcomes.

From the Paper:

"There is not a lot identified about the degree to which health literacy influences clinical health results, but one group in which it is known to have an effect is those with diabetes (Schillinger, Grumbach, Piette, Wang, Osmond, Daher, Palacios, Sullivan and Bindman, 2008). People with low health literacy levels have troubles that vary from reading labels on a medicine bottle, to understanding blood sugar values, to dosing timetables, to understanding appointment slips, educational flyers or informed consent papers. People with low health literacy not only have restrictions in reading but also may have trouble dealing with oral communication and understanding risk. In the sense of a health care system in which technical progress and market forces place superior scientific and self care burdens on people, low health literacy may be a predominantly significant obstruction to chronic disease treatment (Schillinger, Grumbach, Piette, Wang, Osmond, Daher, Palacios, Sullivan and Bindman, 2008).
"Diabetes is thought to be the fifth leading cause of death from a disease. It upsets the body's capability to utilize sugar and is closely connected with obesity. It involves a total of 18.2 million people with health care costs accumulating about 132 billion dollars. Living with type 2 diabetes necessitates every day concern with what and how much a person consumes, receiving regular exercise, screening blood sugar levels and probably taking medicine. However, before people can successfully manage their diabetes, they first must comprehend the essential vocabulary relating to their disease and its management."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Duncan, Rachel and Memon, Shermeen. (n.d.). Creating an Educational Model for DiabetesHealth Literacy in Rural Alabama. Retrieved December 14, 2010, from Web site:
  • Kim, Sarang, Love, Frances, Quistberg, D. Alex and Shea, Judy A. (2004). Association of Health Literacy With Self-Management Behavior in Patients With Diabetes. Retrieved December 14, 2010, from American Diabetes Association Web site:
  • Schillinger, Dean, Grumbach, Kevin, Piette, John, Wang, Frances, Osmond, Dennis, Daher, Carolyn, Palacios, Jorge, Sullivan, Gabriela Diaz and Bindman, Andrew B. (2008). Association of Health Literacy with Diabetes Outcomes. Retrieved December 13, 2010, from California Diabetes Program Web site: oriesID=0
  • Schillinger, Dean, Piette, John, Grumbach, Kevin, Wang, Frances, Wilson, Clifford, Daher, Carolyn, Leong-Grotz, Krishelle, Castro, Cesar and Bindman, Andrew B. (2003). Physician Communication with Diabetic Patients Who Have Low Health Literacy. Arch Intern Med, 163: 83-90.

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