Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type

Project – Full Written

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Committee Chair

Kathy Williams


Low health literacy is a problem for millions of Americans resulting in increased use of healthcare resources resulting in poor health outcomes. The older adult population is continuing to grow and is the largest user of healthcare. Use of pharmaceutical regimens to manage chronic illnesses is the most commonly used treatment modality. Unfortunately, people with low health literacy may have trouble understanding and following their providers instructions. It can be difficult to read directions on over the counter and prescription medication bottles. Community-based health educational programs benefit the maintenance of older adult health. The purpose of this project was to increase the health literacy in reference to reading prescription labels through an interactive educational presentation. The sample size was twenty-two older individuals attending a community-based senior center. Participants were asked to voluntarily complete a survey upon completion of the presentation regarding their new found knowledge. The results of the surveys indicated that in-person training was beneficial and brought awareness for current evidence-based education for increasing health literacy.

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