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Am J Health Behav. 2008 May-Jun;32(3):227-42.

Relationship of preventive health practices and health literacy: a national study.

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National Assessment for Adult Literacy, National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education, Washington, DC 20006, USA. sheida.white@ed.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify relationships between the health literacy and self-reported preventive health practices of US adults.

METHODS:

Measured health literacy and preventive health practices for a nationally representative sample of adults (N = 18,100) and conducted probit regression analyses after controlling for age, gender, race/ethnicity, poverty level, insurance status, self-reported health status, and oral reading fluency.

RESULTS:

Low literacy was associated with a decreased likelihood of using most preventive health measures under study for adults aged 65 and older, but not for adults of 2 younger age groups.

CONCLUSION:

The relationship between health literacy and preventive health practices varied substantially by adult age group.

PMID:
18067463
DOI:
10.5555/ajhb.2008.32.3.227
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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