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ISSN: 2161-0711

Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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Research Article

Health Literacy Skills in Relatives ’ Speech: A Canadian Case-Study

Marie-Eve Mc Clure1 and Annie Rochette1,2*

1School of Rehabilitation, University of Montreal, Montréal, Canada

2Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montréal, Montréal, Canada

Corresponding Author:
Annie Rochette, OT, PhD
Occupational Therapy Program
School of Rehabilitation
University of Montréal
6128 Succursale Centre-Ville
Montréal (Québec), H3C 3J7, Canada
Tel: 514-343-2192
Fax: 514-343-2105
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: May 21, 2013; Accepted Date: June 07, 2013; Published Date: June 10, 2013

Citation: Mc Clure ME, Rochette A (2013) Health Literacy Skills in Relatives’ Speech: A Canadian Case-Study. J Community Med Health Educ 3:217. doi: 10.4172/2161-0711.1000217

Copyright: © 2013 Mc Clure ME, 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.


Objective: Exploring how health literacy skills are expressed by relatives of two first stroke survivors and the influence of such skills on their participation in the rehabilitation process.
Methods: This case study consists of a secondary analysis of qualitative material focusing on perceived health services received by relatives post-stroke. Two cases were purposively selected for their contrast in educational attainment.
Results: Four core concepts, in accordance with current HL conceptualization, emerged from the analysis. Themes related to understanding and communicating health-related information was prominent. More specifically, comprehension and linguistic skills, and particularly the use of medical terminology, as well as self-confidence appear to be conducive to a better dialogue with health professionals and lead to more satisfactory answers.
Conclusion: The relatives’ speech provided indications about health literacy skills and confirmed their importance in developing self-determination. Fostering an open dialogue with relatives represents an opportunity to consider their skills when establishing a partnership and thus contributes to the development of greater health literacy and participation.