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Health Literacy and Patient-Centered Care in Audiology – Implications for Adult Aural Rehabilitation

Jennifer Gilligan and Barbara E Weinstein*

Graduate Center, CUNY, New York, USA

*Corresponding Author:
Barbara E Weinstein, Ph.D
CCC-A, F-AAA, F-ASHA, Graduate Center
CUNY, New York, USA
Tel: 2128177980
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: April 21, 2014; Accepted date: July 16, 2014; Published date: July 23, 2014

Citation: Gilligan J, Weinstein BE (2014) Health Literacy and Patient-Centered Care in Audiology – Implications for Adult Aural Rehabilitation. Commun Disord Deaf Stud Hearing Aids 2:110. doi:10.4172/jcdsha.1000110

Copyright: © 2014 Gilligan J, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

 

Abstract

A fundamental principle in adult audiological rehabilitation should be the incorporation of patient preferences and health literacy into the counseling, intervention and management of older adults with hearing impairment. However, there is a lack of field-specific research to help guide audiologists in delivery of gold standard, evidence-based practice in this arena. This is a pressing concern, given the demographic shift to an aging population in which hearing impairment is increasing in both prevalence and severity. This paper examines how Patient-Centered Care (PCC) and health literacy form the interlocking foundations that can greatly influence an individual’s decision making, adherence to treatment, health outcome and overall health status. A brief review of the literature is included, together with a discussion of relevant resources for clinicians who wish to integrate health literacy and PCC into rehabilitative practice.

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