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Associations Among Health Literacy Levels and Health Outcomes in Pregnant Women with Pregestational and Gestational Diabetes in an Urban Setting

Poor health literacy is a problem for over 45% of American adults and is associated with a variety of adverse health outcomes. Low health literacy has been associated with poor prenatal care utilization and a higher likelihood of poorer glycemic control. Poor glycemic control can lead to poor birth outcomes for both the mother and infant. Health literacy levels of pregnant women with diabetes can influence these outcomes and need to be known early in the pregnancy. Interventions can influence tighter glycemic control and lessen the impact of diabetes for the mother and infant. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore the associations among health literacy levels and health outcomes in pregnant women with pregestational and gestational diabetes.

http://etd.uthsc.edu/WORLD-ACCESS/McLaughlin/2009-017-McLaughlin.pdf

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Oral Health Literacy of Parents of Preschoolers

Masters Thesis: The aim of this project was to find the level of oral health literacy of parents of preschool age children regarding their child’s oral health. The primary objective was to improve the oral health status of preschoolers and to prevent early childhood caries. Methods: 117 participants (parents of preschoolers) completed a self-administered oral health literacy questionnaire. Associations between oral health literacy and sociodemographic variables were identified and also relation between parents’ oral health literacy and their attitude towards water fluoridation in Christchurch was identified using bivariate and multivariate analysis.

http://ir.canterbury.ac.nz/handle/10092/5116

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Health Literacy ; A global snapshot

An international perspective on health literacy initiatives (including USA, Canada, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Finland) with discussion on best practice and developing quality strategies for Victoria, Australia.

http://docs.health.vic.gov.au/docs/doc/Ms-Maureen-Johnson---Final-Report

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Health Literacy and Cancer Communication

This article from Davis et al. provides insight into the complex array of difficulties patients with low health literacy encounter in cancer screening and in understanding symptoms of cancer.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.3322/canjclin.52.3.134/pdf

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Low Health Literacy and Health Outcomes: An Updated Systematic Review

This article from Berkman et al. provides the research behind ARHQ's updated eponymous guide, providing a suggested health literacy research agenda. (Only the abstract is available without subscription.)

http://www.annals.org/content/155/2/97.abstract

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Health Literacy in Wales: A scoping document for Wales

This scoping report identifies a Welsh definition of health literacy, explores implications for Wales, provides an overview of current activities, considers measurement opportunities, and offers evidence-based recommendations for the Welsh Assembly Government’s consideration of how to improve health literacy in Wales.

http://www2.nphs.wales.nhs.uk:8080/CommunicationsGroupDocs.nsf/85c50756737f79ac80256f2700534ea3/a2588bc62b678a5b802578c70032b10e/$FILE/Health%20Literacy%20Scoping%20Document%20FINAL%20Sarah%20Puntoni.pdf

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Physician Overestimation of Patient Literacy: A Potential Source of Health Care Disparities

This article from Kelly and Haidet investigates physician overestimation of patient literacy levels in a primary care setting. The research found that overestimation is common, occuring more with minority patients providing a source of disparities in health care.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17140758

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New Directions in Research on Public Health and Health Literacy

This article from Cynthia Baur discusses a public health approach to health literacy. Baur examines the use of four frameworks to examine public health and health literacy and produce new findings about health literacy.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10810730.2010.499989

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NZ Health Navigator

This website provides health information and self-help resources for New Zealanders to help navigate the health system and make better health decisions.

http://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/

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Understanding Health Literacy: An Expanded Model

This article by Zarcadoolas, Pleasant, and Greer provides a useful synopsis of health literacy through history, comparisons and concepts to provide a useful model to understand the importance of health literacy.

http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/20/2/195.pdf

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