Characteristics of people with low health literacy on coronary heart disease GP registers in South London: a cross-sectional study [UK]
This study, by Rowlands et al (2013), presents the initial findings of an investigation into the characteristics of low health literacy patients on General Practice Coronary Heart Disease registers in the UK. The authors found that patients with low health literacy have significantly higher anxiety levels and have more and longer consultations with practice nurses. Rowlands et al (2013) found that patients with higher anxiety levels were more likely to have lower literacy levels than patients with lower levels of anxiety. Rowlands et al (2013) noted that the REALM is a test of pronunciation rather than functional literacy skills.
Health Literacy and Depression in the Context of Home Visitation [US]
Health literacy develops through social interaction and reflection and involves an array of skills that enable parents to manage personal and child health and healthcare. Smith and Moore (2011) looked at the impact of depression on parental health literacy and the effect of home visitations on the development of health literacy skills. The authors found that depression is linked with lower parental health literacy, after 1 year of enhanced home visitations, vulnerable parents were better able to manage personal and family health and healthcare, especially if depressed. Enhanced home visitations were found to be an effective intervention that could be used to develop health literacy as a life skill and to improve depression.
Impact of Health Literacy on Depressive Symptoms and Mental Health-related Quality of Life Among Adults with Addiction
This study by Lincoln et al (2006) tested the hypothesis that low literacy would be associated with higher addiction severity, higher levels of depressive symptoms, and worse mental health functioning compared with those with higher literacy in adults with alcohol and drug dependence. They discovered that in people with alcohol and drug dependence, low literacy is associated with worse depressive symptoms.
Literacy Education as Treatment for Depression in Patients with Limited Literacy and Depression
This article by Weiss et al (2006) describes a study to determine whether literacy education, provided along with standard depression treatment to adults with depression and limited literacy, would result in greater improvement in depression than would standard depression treatment alone.
Health Literacy and Depression in the Context of Home Visitation
This article by Smith and Moore (2011) describes a study of parents and health literacy, and they way that this effects their personal and children's health. It also looks at the effect of depression on levels of health literacy, concluding that depression is correlated with lower health literacy, and that this can be enhanced through more home visitation.