Oral Health Literacy among Female Caregivers
The aim of this study by Vann et al (2010) was to investigate the association of female caregivers’ oral health literacy with their knowledge, behaviors, and the reported oral health status of their young children. Lower caregiver literacy was associated with poorer oral health behaviors, including nighttime bottle use and no daily brushing/cleaning. Caregiver oral health literacy has a multidimensional impact on reported oral health outcomes in infants and young children.
Health Literacy as a Tool to Improve the Public Understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease
The goal of the article is to familiarize readers with the concept of health literacy, demonstrate how health literacy can serve as a tool to improve the public's understanding of Alzheimer's disease (the seventh leading cause of death in the United States), and suggest generally applicable strategies for clinicians working with older adults in the United States. Despite all the barriers that patients and their clinicians face in regard to Alzheimer's disease in particular, it is essential to increase the health literacy skills of older adults and their caregivers in order to help them make informed health decisions.
“I Cried Because I Didn’t Know if I Could Take Care of Him”: Toward a Taxonomy of Interactive and Critical Health Literacy as Portrayed by Caregivers of Children with Special Health Care Needs
Although the contributions of reading ability and numeracy skills in successful navigation of health-related systems are understood, the skills that comprise interactive and critical health literacy are not fully explicit. Using a phenomenological approach and the conceptual frame of health literacy as an asset, the authors (Pizur-Barnekow et al, 2011) conducted focus group interviews with 35 caregivers of children who had significant medical needs. The findings support a dynamic constructivist perspective of health literacy such that caregiver skill changed relative to the children's health conditions.