March 9, 2014
Notes: Caforio, Alida L P
Felix, Stephan B
Pinto, Yigal M
Elliott, Perry M
Eur Heart J. 2013 Sep;34(33):2636-48, 2648a-2648d. doi: 10.1093/eurheartj/eht210. Epub 2013 Jul 3.
Author Address: Division of Cardiology, Department of Cardiological Thoracic and Vascular Sciences, University of Padua, Padova, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Reference Type: Journal Article
Record Number: 567Author: Callahan, L. F., Hawk, V., Rudd, R., Hackney, B., Bhandari, S., Prizer, L. P., Bauer, T. K., Jonas, B., Mendys, P. and DeWalt, D.
Title: Adaptation of the health literacy universal precautions toolkit for rheumatology and cardiology – applications for pharmacy professionals to improve self-management and outcomes in patients with chronic disease
Journal: Res Social Adm Pharm
Short Title: Adaptation of the health literacy universal precautions toolkit for rheumatology and cardiology – applications for pharmacy professionals to improve self-management and outcomes in patients with chronic disease
Alternate Journal: Research in social & administrative pharmacy : RSAP
ISSN: 1934-8150 (Electronic)
Accession Number: 23867753
Abstract: Over a decade of research in health literacy has provided evidence of strong links between literacy skills of patients and health outcomes. At the same time, numerous studies have yielded insight into efficacious action that health providers can take to mitigate the negative effects of limited literacy. This small study focuses on the adaptation, review and use of two new health literacy toolkits for health professionals who work with patients with two of the most prevalent chronic conditions, arthritis and cardiovascular disease. Pharmacists have a key role in communicating with patients and caregivers about various aspects of disease self-management, which frequently includes appropriate use of medications. Participating pharmacists and staff offered suggestions that helped shape revisions and reported positive experiences with brown bag events, suggestions for approaches with patients managing chronic diseases, and with concrete examples related to several medicines [such as Warfarin((c))] as well as to common problems [such as inability to afford needed medicine]. Although not yet tested in community pharmacy sites, these publically available toolkits can inform professionals and staff and offer insights for communication improvement.