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Medication Adherence and Patient Outcomes: Part 2 Interventions and Resources to Overcome Low Health Literacy


Section Editor(s): O’Malley, Patricia Anne PhD, RN, CNS; Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/NUR.0b013e3182a872f9
Departments: Pharmacology Consult

This article explores the influence of health literacy on medication adherence. With health literacy skills nearly flat for over a decade and an aging population receiving multiple and complex medication regimens, literacy is becoming a more important factor in nursing assessment and intervention. Concrete tools are provided to help the clinical nurse specialist (CNS) assess literacy and evaluate written resources for patient education and to improve medication adherence.

Author Affiliation: Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio.

The author reports no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Janet L. Petty, MLIS, AHIP, Miami Valley Hospital, 1 Wyoming St, Dayton, OH 45409 (

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