HEALTH LITERACY, PERCEIVED MEDICATION BENEFITS,
MEDICATION ADHERENCE AND HEALTH-SEEKING BEHAVIOUR
AND MEDICATION ADHERENCE AMONG PATIENTS WITH
CHRONIC ILLNESSES ATTENDING PRIMARY CARE IN RURAL
COMMUNITIES OF IKENNE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, NIGERIA
Background and Scope of the Study
The main aim of any attempted remediation of a health problem of patients in a health system is to achieve certain desired health outcomes in the patient. These desired outcomes however might not be realizable if the patients are not strictly following prescribed treatment even when the health care professionals have performed their part effectively.
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This is very discouraging especially on the effect that a low literacy would have on patients, especially chronically ill patients who are expected to follow strict adherence to prescription and have high knowledge on the fact that a prescribed therapy would have in improving their general health condition.
Generally, there is a common false conception that most adults can read and write and would be able to understand clinical materials/prescription materials. Most of them cannot understand what they read especially people in the rural areas. Also for clinicians, there is a challenge of cultural and language barrier in the rural areas which contribute to a patient’s ability to understand what the clinician is saying. clinical/prescription materials. For patients in such areas, culture and language forms a major barrier in the administration of any medical treatment. Low health literate people are prone to making uninformed decisions (Atulomah, et al, 2012). Consequences of uninformed decisions can go beyond choices made by patients regarding their own health, but could also include making decisions for their spouses, children and their elderly parents on health decisions. Also, they may not know where to go to seek appropriate care, which measures to take in order to prevent the onset of conditions or how to properly take their prescription drugs. They may forego enrolling in a health insurance plan or may not select the plan best suited for them because they do not understand their options. They may also go further to buy...