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Comprehension of medical terms and utilization of medical services in elderly
Journal of the Korean Data & Information Science Society 2018;29:679-88
Published online May 31, 2018
© 2018 Korean Data and Information Science Society.

Jihyun Park1 · Su Hyun Kim2

12College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University
Correspondence to: Professor, College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41944. Email:
Received March 29, 2018; Revised May 21, 2018; Accepted May 24, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The purposes of this study were to identify older adults’comprehension of medical words by word difficulty level and to examine its relationship with experiences of problems while using medical services. We collected data from 129 community-dwelling older adults using a structured survey in two metropolitan cities. As a result, older adults were more likely to have lower level of comprehension in medical terms at a higher level of difficulty. There were significant relationships between comprehension level and the experiences of problems in using medical services. The findings indicate that health care providers should use the suitable level of medical terms at clinical setting to assist older adults’ proper use of health care services.
Keywords : Comprehension, elderly, health services, medical terms.