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Am J Health Behav. 2011 Jan-Feb;35(1):118-28.

The mechanisms linking health literacy to behavior and health status.

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Nashville, TN 37232-8300, USA. chandra.osborn@vanderbilt.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To examine the mechanisms linking health literacy to physical activity and self-reported health.

METHODS:

From 2005-2007, patients (N = 330) with hypertension were recruited from safety net clinics. Pathanalytic models tested the pathways linking health literacy to physical activity and self-reported health.

RESULTS:

There were significant paths from health literacy to knowledge (r = 0.22, P < 0.001), knowledge to self-efficacy (r = 0.13, P < 0.01), self-efficacy to physical activity (r = 0.17, P < 0.01), and physical activity to health status (r = 0.17, P < 0.01).

CONCLUSIONS:

Health education interventions should be literacy sensitive and aim to enhance patient health knowledge and self-efficacy to promote self-care behavior and desirable health outcomes.

PMID:
20950164
PMCID:
PMC3085858
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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