The Mechanisms Linking Health Literacy to Behavior and Health Status
Authors: Osborn, Chandra Y.; Paasche-Orlow, Michael K.; Bailey, Stacy Cooper; Wolf, Michael S.
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 35, Number 1, January 2011 , pp. 118-128(11)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objective : To examine the mechanisms linking health literacy to physical activity and selfreported health.
Methods : From 2005-2007, patients (N = 330) with hypertension were recruited from safety net clinics. Pathanalytic models tested the pathways linking health literacy to physical activity and self-reported health.
Results : There were significant paths from health literacy to knowledge (r = 0.22, P < 0.001), knowledge to self-efficacy (r = 0.13, P < 0.01), self-efficacy to physical activity (r = 0.17, P < 0.01), and physical activity to health status (r = 0.17, P < 0.01).
Conclusions : Health education interventions should be literacy sensitive and aim to enhance patient health knowledge and self-efficacy to promote self-care behavior and desirable health outcomes.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Nashville, TN.
Publication date: January 1, 2011
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