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Health literacy disparities: Communication strategies to narrow the gap

  • Kevin A. Chen
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    Department of Surgery, University of North Carlina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA
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  • Muneera R. Kapadia
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    Corresponding author. Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Burnett Womack Bldg, Suite 4038, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599, USA..
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    Department of Surgery, University of North Carlina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA
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Published:December 01, 2021DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjsurg.2021.11.035
      There is a clear link between health literacy and health outcomes. Previous studies have shown an association between limited health literacy and decreased utilization of screening services, decreased medication adherence, and higher mortality rates.
      • Berkman N.D.
      • Sheridan S.L.
      • Donahue K.E.
      • et al.
      Health literacy interventions and out comes: an updated systematic review.
      However, interventions focused on improving patient-related communication can reduce health literacy disparities, highlighting it as a modifiable risk factor.
      • Sheridan S.L.
      • Halpern D.J.
      • Viera A.J.
      • Berkman N.D.
      • Donahue K.E.
      • Crotty K.
      Interventions for individuals with low health literacy: asystematic review.
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