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dc.contributorWichita State University. School of Nursingen_US
dc.contributor.authorHayes, Karen S.en_US
dc.identifier.citationClinical excellence for nurse practitioners : the international journal of NPACE. 2000 Jan; 4(1): 35-40.en_US
dc.descriptionFull text of this article is not available in SOAR.en_US
dc.description.abstractThe nurse practitioner is responsible for providing the patient and family with understandable written information before discharge from the emergency department (ED) following an acute event. Patients are more likely to adhere to their treatment regimen and follow-up if they have a clear understanding of their instructions. Patients cannot correctly interpret information they cannot read. This study describes the ability of two age groups of rural ED patients or caregivers to read health information. The literacy level of 91 younger adults and 104 elderly adults from three rural hospitals was assessed at discharge with the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM). While there was no difference in the REALM scores (t = 0.608) of the two age groups, there was a significant difference in the education levels. The REALM scores placed the reading level of the sample at between seventh and eighth grade. The preprinted discharge instruction forms used by the three rural hospitals had a Flesch-Kincaid grade level of 9.0, a reading level higher than 62% of the sample. By ensuring discharge instructions are developed at a reading level of sixth grade or below, nurse practitioners can provide teaching materials that encompass the reading levels of the majority of the rural ED population.en_US
dc.publisherChurchill Livingstoneen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesClinical Excellence For Nurse Practitioners : The International Journal of Npaceen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesClin Excell Nurse Practen_US
dc.subjectResearch Support, Non-U.S. Gov'ten_US
dc.subject.meshAged, 80 and overen_US
dc.subject.meshEducational Statusen_US
dc.subject.meshEmergency Nursingen_US
dc.subject.meshEmergency Service, Hospitalen_US
dc.subject.meshEmergency Treatment/methodsen_US
dc.subject.meshHealth Education/methodsen_US
dc.subject.meshMiddle Ageden_US
dc.subject.meshNurse Practitionersen_US
dc.subject.meshNurse's Roleen_US
dc.subject.meshPatient Dischargeen_US
dc.subject.meshPatient Education as Topic/methodsen_US
dc.subject.meshRural Health Servicesen_US
dc.subject.meshRural Population/statistics & numerical dataen_US
dc.subject.meshTeaching Materials/standardsen_US
dc.subject.meshCaregivers/statistics & numerical dataen_US
dc.subject.meshEmergency Treatment/nursingen_US
dc.subject.meshPatients/statistics & numerical dataen_US
dc.titleLiteracy for health information of adult patients and caregivers in a rural emergency departmenten_US
dc.coverage.spacialUnited Statesen_US
dc.description.versionpeer revieweden_US
dc.rights.holderCopyright © Churchill Livingstoneen_US

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