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Measuring Adult Literacy in Health Care: Performance of the Newest Vital Sign

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Abstract:

Objective : To compare performance of the newest vital sign (NVS) with existing literacy measures.

Methods : We administered the NVS and REALM to 129 patients, and NVS and S-TOFHLA to 119 patients all in public clinics.

Results : The NVS demonstrated high sensitivity for detecting limited literacy and moderate specificity (area under the receiver operating characteristic [AUROC] curve 0.71-0.73). The NVS was less effective than the S-TOFHLA for predicting health outcomes.

Conclusion : The NVS is able to identify patients with limited literacy skills, but may misclassify those with adequate literacy according to the REALM and S-TOFHLA. NVS scores were not associated with health outcomes.

Keywords: health literacy; literacy; measurement; newest vital sign; outcomes; screening

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-08-01

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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