This weeks findings on health literacy include:
- Supporting aging adults to use the Internet and live socially active lives can promote health literacy and improve health outcomes.
- Health information kiosks have high satisfaction rates by users and they can be a useful way to provide tailored health education information.
- A study found that low subjective health literacy among survivors of colorectal cancer is associated with poorer health related quality of life, mental distress, increased smoking and low levels of physical activity.
Kobayashi, L., Wardle, J., & von, W. C. (September 02, 2014). The influence of regular reading, internet use, and social attachment on maintaining health literacy skills during ageing in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 68.
Key Finding: “Internet use and cultural engagement, including attending the cinema, art galleries, museums, or the theatre, appear to help older adults to maintain health literacy skills during ageing regardless of cognitive functioning.
Joshi, Ashish & Trout, Kate. (2014). The role of health information kiosks in diverse settings: a systematic review. Health information and libraries journal.
Key Finding: “Health information kiosks are a feasible medium to disseminate health information among various users in clinical and community settings, with high acceptance and satisfaction by users.”
Husson O., Mols F., Fransen M. P., van de Poll-Franse L. V., and Ezendam N. P. M. (2014) Low subjective health literacy is associated with adverse health behaviors and worse health-related quality of life among colorectal cancer survivors: results from the profiles registry, Psycho-Oncology.
Key Finding: “This study showed that low HL among CRC survivors is associated with poorer HRQoL and mental distress, less active behavior, and more regular smoking. These findings highlight the need for low HL to be identified and managed within the cancer population. One mechanism by which HL impacts HRQoL may be via adverse health behaviors. Health care professionals should learn how to recognize patients with low HL and how they can help them in improving their health behaviors.”