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Am J Health Behav. 2009 Sep-Oct;33(5):550-7.

Health literacy skills in rural and urban populations.

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Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL 62794-9636, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether health literacy is lower in rural populations.

METHOD:

We analyzed health, prose, document, and quantitative literacy from the National Assessment of Adult Literacy study. Metropolitan Statistical Area designated participants as rural or urban.

RESULTS:

Rural populations had lower literacy levels for all literacy types (P<0.001 for each). After adjusting for known confounders, there was no longer a difference in health or prose literacy (P>0.05). However, rural populations had higher document (P=0.04) and quantitative (P=0.01) literacy.

CONCLUSION:

Health literacy is lower in the rural population although this difference is explained by known confounders.

PMID:
19296745
DOI:
10.5993/ajhb.33.5.8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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