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Health Literacy and Ethnic Minority Populations

Health Literacy and Ethnic Minority Populations
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Author(s): Dela Idowu (Gift of Living Donation, UK) and Gillian King (University of London, UK)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 18
Source title: Research Anthology on Improving Health Literacy Through Patient Communication and Mass Media
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-2414-8.ch006

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Abstract

This chapter will show how optimizing health literacy can benefit the delivery of healthcare to the population in a way that materially addresses the inequalities in the National Health Service (NHS). These inequalities adversely impact different population groups in different ways, for various reasons. However, ethnic minority populations are especially vulnerable to inequalities having an adverse effect on the delivery of healthcare to the population, thereby adversely affecting their access, engagement, and healthcare benefits and consequently their general health, wellbeing, and life expectancy. Optimizing health literacy in these populations will enable increased engagement and participation, thereby delivering healthcare more effectively to the population by tailoring it to their needs and addressing current inequalities.

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