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Am J Health Behav. 2007 Sep-Oct;31 Suppl 1:S8-18.

Health literacy skills of U.S. adults.

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Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston MA 02115, USA. rrudd@hsph.harvard.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To examine adults' literacy proficiencies in multiple health contexts.

METHODS:

One hundred ninety-one (191) health-related items drawn from all large-scale adult literacy surveys before 2003 were scored as an independent health literacy scale. Latent class analyses provide portraits of adults with different health literacy skills.

RESULTS:

Adults without a high school diploma or GED, with health-related restrictions, with limited access to resources, who are members of minority population groups, and who are immigrants - have lower health literacy skills than do others.

CONCLUSIONS:

The distribution of health literacy is not independent of general literacy skills at population or subpopulation levels.

PMID:
17931141
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2007.31.supp.S8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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