Understanding and using comparative healthcare information; the effect of the amount of information and consumer characteristics and skills [US]
Consumers are increasingly exposed to information about the quality of different healthcare providers. The use of this information has been limited. The objective of this study was to examine how the amount of presented information influences the comprehension and use of comparative healthcare information when important consumer characteristics and skills are taken into account. Zwijnenberg et al (2012) found that the amount of information slightly influenced the comprehension and the perceived usefulness of comparative healthcare information. It did not affect consumers’ hospital choice and ease of making this choice. Consumer characteristics (especially age) and skills (especially literacy) were the most important factors affecting the comprehension of information and the ease of making a hospital choice. For the perceived usefulness of comparative information, active choice behaviour was the most influencing factor.
Preparing for an Epidemic of Limited Health Literacy: Weathering the Perfect Storm
Parker et al (2008): Empirical data collected over the past two decades have demonstrated strong links between low literacy skills and poor health outcomes, including mortality. Recently, the Educational Testing Service released a relevant report predicting that our nation is at great risk as a result of declining adult literacy, shifting demographics, and a changing economy. It is essential to understand how these educational and socioeconomic changes will impact health care and prepare for a likely epidemic of limited health literacy. A formative public health response should include seeking out new strategies for health systems to advance our public’s health literacy, while working with the educational system to better equip younger generations with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate health care.
Prevalence of Limited Health Literacy and Compensatory Strategies Used by Hospitalized Patients
The objective of this study by Morris et al (2012) was to determine the prevalence and demographic associations of limited health literacy in hospitalized patients and to identify the perceived etiology and use of any compensatory strategies.
The Health Literacy of America’s Adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy
This document, published by the United States National Center for Education Statistics, is a report on the results of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy.