People with low health literacy have poorer health outcomes. And people who feel burdened by their illness also do less well than their more resilient and optimistic counterparts. So what is the relationship between understanding your condition and how you feel about it? Studio Health led a research project with Pharmacy First Plus (a chain of pharmacies in Cork, Republic of Ireland), University College Cork and University of Westminster. As part of the project we also looked at the impact of community pharmacy delivered anti-coagulation services. Patients at Pharmacy First Plus had higher than average health literacy, higher than average adherence to their medication and lower perceived disease burden. This supports the delivery of pharmacy services to improve stroke prevention and outcomes for this patient group. It’s also a massive pat on the back for the talented team at Pharmacy First Plus – they clearly live up to their name!
This project was presented as a poster at Health Literacy Annual Research Conference (HARC) 2017; International Federation of Pharmacy (FIP) Conference 2018 and has been submitted for peer-review publication.