The impact of health literacy on beliefs about medication in a Dutch medication-using population

B.B. Visscher*, B. Steunenberg, H. Zwikker, E.R. Heerdink, J. Rademakers

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Abstract

Purpose Medication beliefs are likely contingent on aspects of health literacy: knowledge, motivation, and competences to access, understand, appraise, and apply health information. An association between medication beliefs and health literacy is expected as they both influence self-management. The aim of this study was to examine the association between health literacy and the beliefs about overuse and harmful effects of medication and to examine modifying effects of age, gender, and number of medications on this association. Methods The data were collected using the online "Medication panel" of the Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine. A linear regression model was used to examine the association between health literacy and beliefs about medication and the modifying effects of age, gender, and number of medications on this association. Results Respondents with a lower level of health literacy had more concerns about overuse (beta adj.= -.174, p<.001) and harmful (beta adj.= -.189, p<.001) effects of medication. This study found no modifying effects. Conclusions A lower health literacy level is associated with more concerns about the overuse and harmful effects of medication. The results of this study suggest that extra attention should be given to persons with low health literacy level by healthcare professionals, to decrease their concerns about overuse and harmful effects, and improve adherence to self-management behavior.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1219-1224
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
Volume77
Issue number8
Early online date16 Feb 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Adherence
  • Age
  • Beliefs about medication
  • Gender
  • Health literacy
  • Number of medications
  • adherence
  • age
  • beliefs about medication
  • gender
  • health literacy
  • number of medications
  • ADULTS
  • MEDICINES
  • ADHERENCE
  • EU
  • INTERVENTIONS
  • SELF-MANAGEMENT
  • ASSOCIATION
  • ILLNESS PERCEPTIONS

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