Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to describe low health literacy and its impact on self-management and compliance in patient's with Type 2 diabetes.
Learning Objective 2: The learner will be able to discuss health literacy and diabetes assessment tools available to measure health literacy and diabetes related knowledge.
Methods: This project will use a descriptive correlational study design. The following data collection tools will be administered to a convenience sample of 53 adult subjects: a demographic questionnaire, Newest Vital Sign, Diabetes Numeracy Test-15, and Summary of Diabetes Self-care Activities. The research questions for this study are: 1) what is the relationship between health literacy, self-management, and compliance; 2) what is the prevalence of low health literacy among a cohort of patients with Type 2 diabetes; and 3) what are the demographic factors associated with health literacy?
Results: The pilot phase of this study and subject recruitment is currently in progress.
Conclusion: Low levels of health literacy have been linked to non-compliance and poor health outcomes. Findings from this study could benefit nursing educators by helping them better understand the importance of health literacy screening, variables associated with low health literacy skills, and the interaction of these variables with self-management and compliance in patients with Type 2 diabetes.