Health literacy, genetic literacy and outcomes in patients with genetic cardiac disease: A review of the literature

International Clinical Cardiovascular Genetics Conference, Brisbane 6-8 August 2014
Published in Heart, Lung and Circulation – Volume 23, Supplement 2, e1-e20
Abstract & full-text available.

Health literacy is defined as the cognitive and social skill that individuals possess that enables them to appropriately access, understand and use health information to maintain good health. As genetic cardiac diseases are often theoretically complex chronic conditions that require lifelong medical input, appropriate health literacy and subsequently genetic literacy around a patient’s condition is central to assisting in positive long-term outcomes.

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