Articles by Lynn Edlen-Nezin, PhD - Pharmaceutical Executive

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Articles by Lynn Edlen-Nezin, PhD

Breaking Through Denial

The first step in improving patients' health literacy is getting doctors to realize that it's their problem, too.
Sep 1, 2003

Low health literacy is widely recognized as a public health issue that affects access to care for people of all ages, races, and income levels. However, the stigma experienced by people with "diseases of denial"-such as erectile dysfunction (ED), HIV/AIDS, herpes, mental illness, and constipation-is an equally insidious, yet less tangible obstacle to seeking medical treatment. When low health literacy and denial coexist, the barriers to care can be overwhelming.

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