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Health literacy in COPD

Roberts, N.J.; Ghiassi, R.; Partridge, Martyn


R. Ghiassi

Martyn Partridge


If patients are to participate fully in their care and in the management of a long term condition such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, good communication is essential. However, not all patients are able to use the written word and we need to be aware of the size of this problem and its implications for the way in which we give information and conduct medical consultations. The impact of health literacy on outcomes can be considerable and improvements can be made by being aware of the problem, offering information in several different forms, and by reinforcing the spoken word with pictorial images.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Dec 5, 2008
Publication Date 2008
Deposit Date Aug 30, 2022
Publicly Available Date Jun 29, 2023
Journal International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Publisher Dove Medical Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 4
Pages 499-507
Keywords health literacy, reading, compliance, pictograms, communication, consultations
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