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Promoting Health Literacy Through Storytelling Page 1 of 7 Promoting Health Literacy Through Storytelling Vivian Day, BSHCA, MHA, RN Abstract Patient education is becoming increasingly important in today’s healthcare environment as chronic conditions become more prevalent. Yet even when education is provided, patients may fail to follow recommendations given by healthcare providers because they do not understand the information provided to them. This article encourages the use of storytelling to present healthcare information in an easily understandable and captivating manner. After discussing health literacy concepts, the author compares the linear and experiential ways of learning and describes how storytelling can be an especially effective way of teaching experiential learners. Citation: Day, V., (Sept. 30, 2009) "Promoting Health Literacy Through Storytelling" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing Vol. 14, No. 3, Manuscript 6. Available: www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJIN/TableofContents/Vol142009/No 3Sept09/Health-Literacy-Through-Storytelling.aspx Keywords: adult learning, experiential learning, health literacy, linear learning, literacy, patient education, storytelling The human brain is miraculous in its structure and capacity. It has literally millions of cells and neurons that work together to enable learning to occur. Although the brain is a basic structure in each human being, no two The real health literacy issue brains are identical. These differences can affect how individuals learn and is not the lack of influence their level of health literacy. The United States Department of information, but rather the Health and Human Services (U.S.DHHS) in the Healthy People 2010 ability of the healthcare (2000) document defined health literacy as “the degree to which consumer to access and individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic process the information. health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” This document has explained that health literacy includes activities, such as the ability to understand instructions on prescription bottles, appointment slips, health-related brochures, provider’s directions, and consent forms, as well as the ability to navigate and negotiate complex health systems. Health literacy requires more than the ability to read. It also requires a complex group of reading, listening, analytic, and decision-making skills, and the ability to apply these skills to health situations. Nutbeam (2000) contributed to our understanding of health literacy by identifying three distinctive health-literacy levels. Basic or functional literacy involves having “sufficient basic skills to read and write to function in everyday situations” (p. 263), while the second level, communicative or interactive literacy, involves the ability to use existing social skills to actively extract information and draw meaning from a variety of communication methods and ultimately to apply new knowledge to changing circumstances (p. 264). The third level, called critical literacy, http://www.nursingworld.org/MainMenuCategories/ANAMarketplace/ANAPeriodicals/OJ... 2/11/2010 Promoting Health Literacy Through Storytelling Page 2 of 7 involves the ability to critically scrutinize information from
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