Low Health Literacy: Treacherous Foe of Patient Compliance in Developed Countries
Abdul Kader Mohiuddin*
Alumni, Faculty of Pharmacy, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
*Corresponding Author: Abdul Kader Mohiuddin, Alumni, Faculty of Pharmacy, Dhaka University, Bangladesh.
December 01, 2022; Published: February 10, 2023
Health literacy enhances a population's self-care capacity and helps to reduce health inequalities. Low health literacy (LHL) is associated mostly with mature patients with chronic health conditions, who have limited education, not necessarily from a lower income group, and those who cherish superstitions and stigma inside their preset narrow mind that prevents them from gathering some relevant information about health or health system access, diseases, and drugs from their surroundings, with a few exceptional cases. Also, being generally literate does not automatically make one to be health literate. LHL is not uncommon among patients with a high level of education or with well-off patients .
Keywords: Low Health Literacy; Patient Compliance; Medication Non-adherence; Prevention of Healthcare Cost; Avoiding Hospitalization
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