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Article: Low literacy Chinese patients: How are they affected and do they cope with health matters? A qualitative study

TitleLow literacy Chinese patients: How are they affected and do they cope with health matters? A qualitative study
Authors
KeywordsChinese
Communication
Hong Kong
Literacy
Qualitative study
Issue Date2004
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biomedcentral.com/bmcpublichealth/
Citation
BMC Public Health, 2004, v. 4, article no. 14 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Low literacy is common in Hong Kong and China, especially among the females and the elderly. These are often the patients with the greatest health care needs. However little is known about how low literacy affects the ability of patients to obtain adequate medical care and comply with the recommendations of health professionals. Methods: Qualitative study of subjects' opinions using semi-structured group and individual interviews. Thirty-six participants took part in 6 group and 9 individual interviews. Results: Participants' opinions towards low literacy were explored in the interviews. They expressed diverse views on how they perceived low literacy. Some thought they were handicapped by it but others felt it was not a problem. Age, gender, chronic illnesses and their attitudes towards self were found to be major factors affecting their perception. Despite their low literacy, some had their specific ways to overcome the difficulties, for example, drawing symbols to help with the timing of taking the medications. Most of them felt better explanation by the health care workers was most important. Conclusions: It is highly relevant for health care workers to be aware of the low literacy status of their patients and to explain information so that patients understand it.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/45469
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.372
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dc.contributor.authorLam, TPen_HK
dc.contributor.authorCheng, YHen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, YLen_HK
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dc.date.available2007-10-30T06:26:41Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBMC Public Health, 2004, v. 4, article no. 14en_HK
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dc.description.abstractBackground: Low literacy is common in Hong Kong and China, especially among the females and the elderly. These are often the patients with the greatest health care needs. However little is known about how low literacy affects the ability of patients to obtain adequate medical care and comply with the recommendations of health professionals. Methods: Qualitative study of subjects' opinions using semi-structured group and individual interviews. Thirty-six participants took part in 6 group and 9 individual interviews. Results: Participants' opinions towards low literacy were explored in the interviews. They expressed diverse views on how they perceived low literacy. Some thought they were handicapped by it but others felt it was not a problem. Age, gender, chronic illnesses and their attitudes towards self were found to be major factors affecting their perception. Despite their low literacy, some had their specific ways to overcome the difficulties, for example, drawing symbols to help with the timing of taking the medications. Most of them felt better explanation by the health care workers was most important. Conclusions: It is highly relevant for health care workers to be aware of the low literacy status of their patients and to explain information so that patients understand it.en_HK
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dc.subjectChineseen_HK
dc.subjectCommunicationen_HK
dc.subjectHong Kongen_HK
dc.subjectLiteracyen_HK
dc.subjectQualitative studyen_HK
dc.subject.meshAdaptation,-Psychologicalen_HK
dc.subject.meshAsian-Continental-Ancestry-Group-educationen_HK
dc.subject.meshEducational-Statusen_HK
dc.subject.meshHealth-Knowledge,-Attitudes,-Practiceen_HK
dc.subject.meshHealth-Services-Accessibility-statistics-and-numerical-dataen_HK
dc.titleLow literacy Chinese patients: How are they affected and do they cope with health matters? A qualitative studyen_HK
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