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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Primary Care

Advisor

Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Abstract

Objective: To explore methods of increasing health literacy in vulnerable populations. Methods: A PubMed literature search was conducted using terms “health literacy” and “vulnerable populations”. Original research articles and literature reviews looking at the efficacy of various strategies to increase health literacy in vulnerable populations were chosen. Results: Over 40 articles were originally chosen for initial review. After initial review, 27 articles were found to be suitable for the goals of this paper. Conclusion: Methods for increasing health literacy in vulnerable populations are diverse but under-studied. This article identifies actionable preliminary findings, in addition to shortcomings in current research. Lastly, recommendations are made for the direction future research should take to improve on current modalities.

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