The Impact of Health and Financial Literacy and Decision Making in Community-Based Older Adults [US]
This article by James et al (2012) examines the association of health and financial literacy with decision making in older adults. Data for this study came from 525 community-dwelling older persons without dementia from the Rush Memory and Aging Project, an ongoing longitudinal study of aging. A modified version of the Decision-Making Competence Assessment Tool was used to measure financial and healthcare decision making. James et al (2012) found that among community based older persons without dementia, higher levels of health and financial literacy were associated with better decision making. The researchers suggest that improvements in literacy could facilitate better decision making and lead to better health and quality of life in later years.
Caring for Patients with Limited Health Literacy. October 2011 Author in the Room Teleconference [US]
In this teleconference Michael Paasche-Orlow (2011) discusses some of the findings of his research article on improving the care of patients with limited health literacy. These findings include the need to remove unneeded complexity in treatment regimens and in the health care system and using teach-back methods to assess and improve patient understanding. Michael Paasche-Orlow (2011) concludes that a patient-based universal precaution approach for confirming patient comprehension of critical self-care activities can help ensure that all patients have their health literacy needs identified. This teleconference is part of the Institute for Health Care Improvement’s Author in the Room series.
Correlates of health and financial literacy in older adults without dementia [US]
This article by Bennett et al (2012) looks at health and financial literacy, two domains of literacy which previous research has suggested may be significantly related to health and wellbeing. Bennett et al (2012) examine the relationship between health and financial literacy with health promoting behaviors and health status among 556 community-based older persons without dementia. Health and financial literacy were measured using a series of questions designed to assess the ability to understand and process health and financial information, concepts, and numeracy. The researchers found that literacy remained associated with health promoting behaviors and health status, health literacy was more strongly associated with health promoting behaviours, and financial literacy was more strongly associated with mental health.
4th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit. April 12 -13, 2011 [US]
Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. and the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN) were pleased to co-present the 4th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit on April 12-13, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. The theme was: Health literacy as the foundation for health care transformation. This event brought together international voices in the fields of health care, adult literacy and health care policy to address health literacy from an interdisciplinary perspective.
5th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit. April 9-10, 2013 [US]
Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. and the Wisconsin Research and Education Network (WREN) were pleased to co-present the 5th Biennial Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit on April 9-10, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. The theme was: Changing Systems, Changing Lives. This event brought together nationally important voices in the fields of health care, adult literacy and health care policy to address health literacy from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Exploring factors influencing asthma control and asthma-specific health-related quality of life among children [US]
Little is known about factors contributing to children’s asthma control status and health-related quality of life. This study, by Gandhi et al (2013), aimed to assess the relationship between asthma control and asthma-specific quality of life in asthmatic children, and to examine the extent to which parental health literacy, perceived self-efficacy with patient-physician interaction, and satisfaction with shared decision-making contribute to children’s asthma control and asthma-specific quality of life. Gandhi et al (2013) found that children’s asthma control status influenced their asthma-specific quality of life. However, several parental factors contributing to asthma control indirectly affected asthma-specific quality of life. Gandhi et al (2013) study found limited evidence about the relationship between health literacy and satisfaction with shared decision-making.
Availability and Readability of Emergency Preparedness Materials for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and Older Adult Populations: Issues and Assessments [US]
This report looks at the findings of a literature review exploring the issues related to emergency preparedness materials (EPM) for hearing impaired and older adult populations. The primary focus of the review was to assess the availability and readability of materials for these populations and to recommend improvements. Neuhauser et al (2013) found no research about the readability of EPM aimed at this population. The authors collected EPM and interviewed staff from community based organisations serving heraing impaired and elderly adults. They found that all EPM tested above the recommended reading level for each group. Neuhauser et al (2013) recommended that more EPM for these populations should be made widely available, adhere to health literacy principles, and be accessible in alternative formats including American Sign Language. Developers should engage the intended users of EPM as co-designers and testers.
Prescription painkillers and controlled substances: an appraisal of drug information provided by six US pharmacies [US]
Health literacy impacts health outcomes. Health literacy can be enhanced by improving the readability of health literature. Misuse and abuse of prescription medicines and controlled substances is rising. In this paper, Gill (2013), argues that improving the readability of the drug-information documents associated with these medicines could serve to alleviate this situation. Gill (2013) assess the 71 drug information documents from six US pharmacies and recommendations were made for improving readability. Gill (2013) concluded that good drug-information documents should have: (1) clear purpose, (2) limited scope, (3) summary/brief review, (4) well-placed graphics, (5) informative illustrations, (6) clean layout and lucid formatting relevant to the media, and (7) focus on the intended users.
Oral Health Literacy – IOM Workshop Summary (US)
The IOM Roundtable on Health Literacy was interested in exploring oral health literacy research and how the research findings are translated into oral health practice. The roundtable held a workshop on March 29, 2012, to examine the field of oral health literacy. This document summarises the workshop. Topics include oral health literacy assessment, oral health literacy programs, state and national oral health literacy activities. Note: The PDF of this report is free to download. Click on: Download free PDF. Click on: Continue as a guest. Enter your email address and click: Continue.
The Relationship of Oral Health Literacy and Self-Efficacy with Oral Health Status and Dental Neglect [US]
Lee et al (2012) examined the associations of oral health literacy with oral health status and dental neglect, and explored whether self-efficacy mediated or modified these associations, among a sample of female clients of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Increased oral health literacy was associated with better oral health status but not dental neglect. Self-efficacy was a strong correlate of dental neglect and may mediate the effects of literacy on oral health status.