This is a review of the development of the literacy and health field in Canada, of the research in this area, and suggestions regarding further research that needs to be done.
This paper presents the findings of the health literacy of patients in a primary health care clinic in Montreal using the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine (REALM) test. It found that the prevalence of low literacy was 9%, which was not as high as expected by the authors.
Type of Resource: Report
Source: Institute of Medicine
Author: Nielsen-Bohlman, L., Panzer, A., Kindig, D.A. (eds.)
This study is based on a critical examination of the literature on literacy and health to address two questions: 1) Are literacy skills related to use of health care services, health outcomes, costs of health care and disparities in health outcomes?; and 2) For individuals with low literacy skills, what are effective interventions?. It found strong evidence that low reading skills and poor health are related, but less evidence regarding the effectiveness of interventions.
Implications of an Institute of Medicine Report
II Background of Report
III Summary of Report
IV Implications of Report
-- submitted by Irving Rootman, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Distinguished Scholar and Professor, Centre for Community Health Promotion Research, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria (the conclusions/opinions in this paper are not necessarily those of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) or the Committee on Health Literacy)
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