Journal article

Cardiovascular disease medication health literacy among Indigenous peoples: design and protocol of an intervention trial in Indigenous primary care services

Sue Crengle, Janet Smylie, Margaret Kelaher, Michelle Lambert, Susan Reid, Joanne Luke, Ian Anderson, Jennie Harre Hindmarsh, Matire Harwood

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are leading causes of mortality and morbidity among Indigenous people in New Zealand, Australia and Canada and are a major driver of the inequities in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in these countries. Evidence-based pharmaceutical management of CVD can significantly reduce mortality and morbidity for persons diagnosed with CVD or for those at intermediate or high risk of CVD. Health literacy has been identified as a major barrier in the communication and implementation of appropriate pharmaceutical management plans for CVD. Addressing health literacy is particularly relevant in Indigenous populations where there are uni..

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