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Determinants of health literacy and health behavior regarding infectious respiratory diseases: a pathway model [China]

Health literacy has been defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand the basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Currently, few studies have validated the causal pathways of determinants of health literacy through the use of statistical modelling. The purpose of the present study was to develop and validate a health literacy model at an individual level that could best explain the determinants of health literacy and the associations between health literacy, health behaviours and health status. Sun et al (2013) found that the model explains the determinants of health literacy and the associations between health literacy and health behaviours well. This model could be applied to develop intervention strategies to increase individual health literacy, and to promote health behaviour and health status.

http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/261

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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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Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User’s Guide

Effective risk communication is essential to the well-being of any organization and those people who depend on it. Ineffective communication can cost lives, money, and reputations. Communicating Risks and Benefits: An Evidence-Based User's Guide provides the scientific foundations for effective communication. Developed by the FDA in the US. The full text of the publication is available to download at no cost as a PDF at the URL, or by clicking on the book image.

http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/ReportsManualsForms/Reports/ucm268078.htm

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The Future Patient Project (Switzerland)

The Future Patient Project (2003) was conceived to assess how citizens and patients respond to the challenges of today’s and tomorrow’s health care system. Following this initial study, the Swiss then developed the first representative survey of health literacy to find further gaps in the health system, with profound results.

http://www.futurepatient.ch/

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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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The Prevalence of Limited Health Literacy

This article from Paasche-Orlow et al., reviews U.S. research into the prevalence of limited health literacy, the assessment of health literacy and how the analysis of health literacy can be improved.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1490053/pdf/jgi_40245.pdf

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Health Literacy Australia

This report (82 pages) published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics provides information and data from the 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS) for Australia.

http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/Ausstats/subscriber.nsf/0/73ED158C6B14BB5ECA2574720011AB83/$File/42330_2006.pdf

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