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Low health literacy is a problem for millions of Americans resulting in increased use of avoidable healthcare resources and poor health outcomes. Use of pharmaceutical regimens to manage acute and chronic health issues is the most common treatment modality. Unfortunately, people with low health literacy may have trouble understanding and following provider instructions; reading and following directions on medication bottles, either prescribed and/or over the counter; and identifying proper reasons for taking a medication. The purpose of this study was to increase patient self-agency for the treatment and management of acute and chronic health conditions through medication education. Providing medication education to the hospitalized patient may result in increased knowledge and self-management ability. Secondary rewards involve the increase in hospital reimbursement through increased patient satisfaction scores.
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Raffaldt, Pamela Cox, "Clarifying the Need for Inpatient Medication Education" (2017). Nursing Theses and Capstone Projects. 270.