Discussion: Consumer Health Choices and Behaviors

Discussion: Consumer Health Choices and Behaviors

Discussion: Consumer Health Choices and Behaviors

Manufacturing and pharmaceutical are two types of firms that aggressively market the over-the-counter or prescription drugs they produce. Other health-related companies employ similar strategies for their products. This Discussion will focus on the impact that marketing strategies have on consumers as well as your own purchasing experiences.



To prepare for this Discussion, review the following page on locating articles in the Walden Library.

Walden University Library. (2017). Evidence-based practice research: CINAHL search help. Retrieved from http://academicguides.waldenu.edu/healthevidence/c…

Find two health-related articles in the Walden Library about how health literacy affects consumer buying habits. For example, you could use an article that deals with marketing of prescription drugs and how that affects questions people ask their doctors. The articles selected should reflect on the following questions:

  • What do consumers use as a basis for making decisions regarding health-related products or pharmaceuticals?
  • What part does health literacy play in making these types of purchasing choices?
  • Are there variations in purchasing decisions with respect to demographics?

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.

Note: Post your responses to the Discussion based on the course requirements.
Your Discussion postings should be written in standard edited English and follow APA guidelines as closely as possible given the constraints of the online platform Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Essential Guide to APA Style for Walden Students to ensure your in-text citations and reference list are correct. Initial postings must be 250–350 words (not including references).


Post a comprehensive response to the following:

  • Based on the multi-faceted definition of health literacy in the Learning Resources, explain how health literacy influences consumer choices and behaviors.
  • How do different demographics like socio-economic status and education influence health-related purchase decisions?
  • Provide an example of how marketing, the media, and your level of health literacy has impacted at least one choice you’ve made as a health consumer.
  • Offer two to three (2-3) examples of how health literacy of individuals and the nation may be improved.

Use evidence from your readings to support your rationale and provide in-text citations and a Reference List.

Submit a draft of your Discussion to the SafeAssign Draft folder and review your SafeAssign report. Revise areas of high matching in your Discussion post prior to submitting your final Discussion assignment by the deadline.

Read a selection of your colleagues’ postings.


Respond to at least two of your colleagues’ postings in one or more of the following ways:

  • Expand on your colleagues’ ideas of how health literacy impacts decisions
  • Offer insights into additional demographics that may impact health-related purchase decisions
  • Ask questions relating to the examples provided or the article presented
  • In addition, you may also respond as follows:
    • Offer and support an opinion.
    • Validate an idea with your own experience.
    • Make a suggestion or comment that guides or facilitates the Discussion