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Health Literacy in Nursing

SKU# 9780826161727

Providing Person-Centered Care

Author: Terri Ann Parnell MA, DNP, RN

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"Dr. Parnell has captured the essence of health literacy and cultural competence, not only for nurses, but also applicable to all care providers and community workersÖ. [and] provides us with a road map to enhance our success through health literacy and cultural competence. This is a must read for all health professionals."

óRichard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS (From the Foreword)
17th Surgeon General of the United States (2002ñ2006)
Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona

Promoting the health literacy of patients across all settings is an essential component of prevention, wellness, and effective medical treatment. This health literacy textbook provides an overview of health literacy, discusses the magnitude of the issue, and explains implications of low health literacy. It details strategies to enhance effective communication between patients and nursing practitioners. Through case-based examples, this textbook and clinical guide assists nurses in developing the requisite skills needed to communicate effectively so that patients can truly make informed health decisions and enhance health outcomes.

Health Literacy in Nursing promotes verbal and written communication strategies that nurses can use to effectively meet the individualized needs of an increasingly diverse patient population in an effort to enhance patientñprovider communication across the entire continuum of care. It provides strategies for creating culturally appropriate written materials in plain language that patients can read and follow when they arrive home.

Nursing professionals can build upon the basic tools offered in the text throughout their career to stay abreast of methods to effectively communicate and educate a culturally and linguistically diverse demographic. Additionally, the material can easily be incorporated into course content regarding "unique populations" (pediatrics, older adults, research participants, and those managing mental health and end-of-life care decisions) for whom health literacy is often overlooked. The book will be valuable to undergraduate and graduate nursing students studying to meet advanced nurse practice competencies and is an essential resource for practicing nurses who must stay abreast of evolving standards and regulations related to the provision of safe and effective patient and family-centered care.

Key Features:

  • Provides a solid foundation for developing skills that foster health literacy among all patients and practitioners
  • Assists in meeting the regulatory requirements for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate patient education
  • Includes guidelines for improving health literacy according to increasingly evolving regulatory standards
  • Includes case-based examples to illustrate the purpose and effectiveness of enhancing patient and provider health literacy skills
  • Addresses both oral and written communication strategies

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 18, 2014
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826161727
  • EISBN 9780826161734

Table of Contents 

Part I: Health Literacy: The Magnitude of the Issue

Chapter 1 – Health Literacy: History, Definitions, and Models

Chapter 2 - Low Health Literacy and Implications

Chapter 3 – Delivering Patient-Centered Care in a Diverse Environment

by Jennifer H. Mieres

Chapter 4 – The Health Literacy Environment: Enhancing Access & Wayfinding

Chapter 5 - The Health Literacy Tipping Point

Part II: Oral Health Communication

Chapter 6 –Effective Communication and Plain Language

Chapter 7- Role of Culture, Language, and Communication Access Services

Chapter 8- Nursing Strategies to Enhance Effective Communication

Part III: Written Health Communication

Chapter 9 - Content Development

Chapter 10 -Design Development l

Part IV: Health Literacy and Unique Populations

Chapter 11 – End of Life and Palliative Care

by Joanne Turnier

Chapter 12 – Pediatrics

by Gloria Collura and Suzanne Monteleone

Chapter 13 - Mental Health Disorders

by Fallon Edwards

Chapter 14 - Older Adults

by Elizabeth C. McCulloch

Chapter 15 - Research Participants

by Hallie Kassan