ERIC Number: EJ931978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 36
The Role of Adult Learning in Coping with Chronic Illness
Baumgartner, Lisa M.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n130 p7-16 Sum 2011
Nearly half the U.S. population copes with a chronic disease or condition. A chronic disease is "one lasting three months or more that generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication." Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity are the most common chronic diseases in developed countries. By 2030, it is estimated that one hundred seventy-one million U.S. citizens will have been affected by at least one chronic illness. Learning is integral to coping with chronic illness. The purpose of this chapter is to demonstrate the role of adult learning in coping with chronic disease. The author reviews select studies that discuss learning related to chronic illness. An investigation of patient education studies follows. Last, the author provides recommendations for health educators.
Descriptors: Patient Education, Chronic Illness, Adult Learning, Coping, Role of Education, Literature Reviews, Meta Analysis, Health Education, Independent Study, Transformative Learning, Learning Theories, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States