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|Publication type:||Book part|
|Type of review:||Editorial review|
|Title:||Using narratives to improve health literacy : an ethical and public health perspective|
Tyebally Fang, Mirriam
Hendriks, Manya J.
|Published in:||Narrative ethics in public health : the value of stories|
|Editors of the parent work:||Barrett, Drue H.|
Ortmann, Leonard W.
Larson, Stephanie A.
|Series:||Public Health Ethics Analysis|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution:||Springer|
|Publisher / Ed. Institution:||Cham|
|Subjects:||Health literacy; Patient experience; Pregnancy; Database of Individual Patients’ Experiences (DIPEx); Vulnerability; Narrative|
|Subject (DDC):||610: Medicine and health |
808: Rhetoric and writing
|Abstract:||Most people have little interaction with the health system and tend to be unfamiliar with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of even common health conditions. In case of illness, the medical information delivered by health professionals can be overwhelming because of its complexity, unfamiliar terminology, and use of statistical data. Understanding such information requires specifc “health literacy” skills. Health literacy empowers individuals to exercise their autonomy and self-determination regarding health-related matters. This chapter explores how health literacy and ethical questions are interrelated as illustrated using actual patient narratives of a woman’s pregnancy experiences. The narratives were collected as part of the Swiss DIPEx (Database of individual patients’ experiences) database. We demonstrate that narratives of health experiences can be used to enhance health literacy. Firstly, narratives can convey complex information in an easily understandable manner. Secondly, they allow policymakers to understand, the informational needs of users of the health care system and the communication gaps they perceive can help improve the health care system and qualitative evaluate and improve medical communication efforts. The chapter ends by raising a number of ethical questions at the individual and health system level related to the use of narratives for improving health literacy for discussion.|
|Fulltext version:||Published version|
|License (according to publishing contract):||CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International|
|Departement:||School of Health Sciences|
|Organisational Unit:||Institute of Public Health (IPH)|
|Appears in collections:||Publikationen Gesundheit|
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