Limited health literacy and fluid cognitive ability deficits are associated with lower adherence to self-management behaviors in patients with COPD, an observational cohort study suggests.
“Patients may initially comprehend new information while within a health care encounter, but they may have difficulty later recalling this information when they return home and must execute these behaviors,” the researchers wrote. “Additionally, patients may experience difficulty processing medical information presented to them in a rapid verbal interaction, which is commonplace during health care encounters.”
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