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Revista médica de Chile

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FIGUEROA SAAVEDRA, Carla Soledad et al. Association between health literacy and adherence to medications among older adults. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2020, vol.148, n.5, pp.653-656. ISSN 0034-9887.


Lack of compliance with medication prescription is common among older adults and hamper an adequate management of chronic conditions.


To study the association between health literacy and medication adherence in older adults with chronic diseases in Temuco, Chile.

Material and Methods:

The Health Literacy survey for Spanish-speaking Adults, MiniMental examination and the Morisky-Green test to assess compliance with medication prescription were applied to 119 older adults aged 60 to 88 years.


All participants had an adequate global cognitive performance; 24% had inadequate literacy, and 42% did not comply with medication prescription. There was a significant correlation between health literacy and medication adherence.


Health literacy influences medication adherence in Chilean older adults.

Keywords : Aged; Chile; Chronic Disease; Health Literacy; Medication Adherence.

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