health literacy. It also raises questions and opportunities for further research into the power of
familial-social influences on a veteran’s willingness to manage their diabetes. The majority of veterans who
declined to participate in this study,
even though they qualified, stated
that they would “not follow any
recommendations.” Further investigation is needed about why some
veterans elect not to obtain help that
could positively impact their health
and possibly extend their life. Additionally, scientific quantitative and
qualitative research is needed to
evaluate the statistical significance
between health care literacy and
educational intervention on patient
adherence among individuals diagnosed with diabetes. ●
The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest with regard to
The opinions expressed herein are those
of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Federal Practitioner,
Frontline Medical Communications Inc., the
U.S. Government, or any of its agencies.
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