A Systematic Review of Asthma and Health Literacy: A Cultural-Ethnic Perspective in Canada
In order to find links between asthma and health literacy in a cultural/ethnicity perspective, Poureslami et al (2007) performed a systematic review of all publications on the topic of asthma, health, and literacy among cultural groups from 1980 to 2006 using the Internet and journals. They conclude that there is an urgent need to better define the impact of cultural and ethnic issues in the management of asthma in Canada. Appropriately designed studies should better define the barriers in the optimal delivery of asthma care influenced by these parameters.
Health Literacy and ophthalmic patient education
In this article by Muir and Lee (2010), the authors review the readability of currently available ophthalmic educational materials, with particular attention to the health literacy status of the patient population for which the materials are intended.
Health in the ‘hidden population’ of people with low literacy. A systematic review of the literature
This article by Easton et al (2010) reviewed published research to investigate relationships between low functional or health literacy and health in working age adults who can converse in the dominant language but have difficulty with written language. They found that there is evidence in the literature that low functional or health literacy is associated with poor health in the 'hidden population' of adults whose literacy difficulties may not be evident to health care providers.
Understanding the Internal and External Validity of Health Literacy Interventions: A Systematic Literature Review Using the RE-AIM Framework
In this study by Allen et al (2011) the authors conducted a systematic literature review, using the RE-AIM framework, with the goal of determining what information is available to inform research to practice translation of health promotion interventions developed to address health literacy. They suggest that the current research on health promotion for participants with low health literacy provides insufficient information to conclude whether interventions for health literacy can attract the target population, achieve an effect that is sustainable, or be generalized outside of clinical settings.
Literacy and Health Outcomes: Summary
This article by Berkman et al (2004) is a systematic literature review investigations into the link between low literacy and health outcomes. Findings show that Low literacy is associated with several adverse health outcomes, including low health knowledge, increased incidence of chronic illness, poorer intermediate disease markers, and less than optimal use of preventive health services. Interventions to mitigate the effects of low literacy have been studied, and some have shown promise for improving patient health and receipt of health care services.
Health Literacy and Child Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review of the Literature
A systematic literature review by DeWalt et al (2004) which assesses the link between literacy levels and health outcomes. The authors reviewed 44 articles, finding that patients with low literacy were generally 1.5 to 3 times more likely to experience a poor outcome.
Health literacy – a heterogeneous phenomenon: a literature review
This article is a review of health literacy literature from 2000-2008 by Mårtensson and Hensing (2011). They review approximately 200 articles, concluding that there are two main approaches to health literacy: one which focuses on extremes of high and low health literacy; and a second which looks at health literacy as an individualised and complex process situated both temporally and within the social and cultural contexts of the individual.
Literature Review – Understanding Literacy and Health
This literature review from the Institute of Education London looks into various research into health literacy which has been performed, and suggests areas of future research.