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Using Visual Concept Mapping to Communicate Medication Information to Patients with Low Health Literacy; A Preliminary Study

Hill, Lilian H. (2006) Using Visual Concept Mapping to Communicate Medication Information to Patients with Low Health Literacy; A Preliminary Study. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Second Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, pp. 621-628. ISBN 9977-15-148-2

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Abstract

Visual concept maps, used in conjunction with verbal patient counseling, may be useful to communicate critical medication information, assist patients with remembering medication instructions, and thereby improve low literate patients’ medication adherence and health outcomes. Numerous researchers have stressed the importance of rigorous pre-testing before implementing the use of a visual tool with patients. This exploratory study represents the first pre-test of medication concept maps with first-year pharmacy students. Three concept maps were pre-tested for two chronic disease states: diabetes and asthma. These disease states were selected because the link between low literacy and poor health outcomes has been well established in relationship to them. All three concept maps were interpreted correctly by a majority of students at a rate that exceeded the American National Standards Institute mandate of a minimum of 85%, thereby indicating that the visual concept maps have potential as a communication tool. Students’ provided feedback that will be used to improve the concept maps in preparation for pre-testing them with an audience of low literate adults and then later with patients.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2006
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2012 18:07
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 20:38
URI: http://eprint.ihmc.us/id/eprint/174

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