TITLE

PATIENTS' HEALTH LITERACY SKILLS: THE MISSING DEMOGRAPHIC VARIABLE IN PRIMARY CARE RESEARCH

AUTHOR(S)
Wallace, Lorrain
PUB. DATE
January 2006
SOURCE
Annals of Family Medicine;Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p85
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the link between health literacy skills and health-related outcomes in the United States. Patients with limited health literacy skills have higher health care costs, use health care services more frequently, have poor understanding of chronic disease management techniques and engage in riskier health behaviors. The word recognition tests and reading comprehension tests have been widely used to measure patients' literacy skills. There is a need for primary care researchers to consider patients' health literacy skills as a major variable in their research studies.
ACCESSION #
19780042

 

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