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Health Literacy Needs of Family Members and Caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Cook, Sherri L.
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The purpose of this article is to explore the complex health literacy needs of families who have children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Health literacy is a national and global issue. Neither reading literacy nor higher education is a guarantee of health literacy. Higher health literacy leads to better health outcomes (CDC, 2016). There is a significant population of our children who have some form of special healthcare need. Some estimates suggest between 13-18% of US youth can be classified as CSHCN (Child Health USA 2014; NS-CSHCN 2009/10). Of that population of CSHCN, about 57% have more than one chronic condition (NS-CSHCN 2009/10). The parents and caregivers of CSHCN need a high level of health literacy and good health communication with providers to provide adequate care to their children. ( en )
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Awarded Bachelor of Science in Health Education, magna cum laude, on May 8, 2018. Major: Health Education and Behavior. Emphasis/Concentration: Community Health Promotion
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College or School: College of Health and Human Performance
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Advisor: Holly T. Moses, Sadie Sanders. Advisor Department or School: Health Education & Behavior

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