Date of Award

Spring 2009

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Lough, Mary Ann

Second Advisor

Miller, Judith F.

Third Advisor

Fehring, Richard


Vulnerable populations are at increased risk predisposing them to adverse health events. Delivering quality health care within this population is a multi-faceted and complex endeavor that involves efforts by the provider, the nurse, and the patient. Exploring areas in which these efforts cross paths may result in further understanding of how to better improve health status. Avenues that promote health enhancing behaviors, maximize health outcomes, and lessen the chance that an adverse health event will occur can be guided by the concepts of health literacy and patient trust...



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