New ways towards the improvement of the seniors’ health literacy

Authors: Sylva Bártlová 1;  Iva Brabcová 1;  Hana Hajduchová 1;  Lenka Šedová 1;  Lenka Motlová 2
Authors‘ workplace: Ústav ošetřovatelství, porodní asistence a neodkladné péče, Zdravotně sociální fakulta, Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích 1;  Ústav sociálních a speciálně pedagogických věd, Zdravotně sociální fakulta, Jihočeská univerzita v Českých Budějovicích 2
Published in: Čas. Lék. čes. 2017; 156: 445-449
Category: Original Article


The elderly population is one of the vulnerable groups due to their low health literacy. Health literacy represents a way of effective ensuring, comprehension and utilization of health information to be able to make the best possible decisions in the care of one's health.

The presented systematic overview study was compiled using the analysis of 38 database publications. The goal was to find relevant resources concerning the relation between health literacy and compliance in the treatment of adult and elderly individuals. Another goal was to describe the influence of tools and the possibility of using e-health to improve the seniors' health literacy.

The source analysis proves that limited health literacy correlates with the decrease of cognitive functions. Some studies show that health literacy directly correlates with the level of education and age. The elderly individuals who show higher health literacy observe their doctors' advice more frequently and are, moreover, active recipients of health care. One of the tools of how to improve health literacy is e-health technology using internet, mobile phones, tablets or other information media.

Key words:
health literacy, health care, patient, senior, compliance, e-health


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