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[Health literacy - a concept for professional nursing?].
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23188753     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Research results show that health literacy is an important concept in nursing. It has a positive effect on the health of individuals as well as on the costs of the healthcare system. The results of a comprehensive literature search (1980 - March 2009) revealed that the concept of health literacy is being increasingly discussed; however, the concept is barely addressed in literature specific to nursing. The existing definitions of health literacy are formulated predominantly within the medical context. Only one study from the United States analyzed the concept within the context of nursing care. The concept of health literacy is highly relevant because its' aim is to empower the patients, along with their relatives, in dealing with health and disease. In order to thoroughly examine health literacy, it must first be reviewed conceptually within the context of the profession of nursing. This has occurred in this article. The specific terms relevant to health literacy were identified. Moreover, an operational definition for health literacy was developed for the professional nursing setting. Possibilities for nursing practice, due to the conceptualization of health literacy, are discussed.
F Thilo; K Sommerhalder; S Hahn
Publication Detail:
Type:  English Abstract; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pflege     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1012-5302     ISO Abbreviation:  Pflege     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8907069     Medline TA:  Pflege     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  ger     Pagination:  427-38     Citation Subset:  N    
Berner Fachhochschule, Angewandte Forschung & Entwicklung/Dienstleistung Pflege.
Vernacular Title:
Gesundheitskompetenz - ein Konzept für die professionelle Pflege?
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