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Relationship of preventive health practices and health literacy: a national study.
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PMID:  18067463     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To identify relationships between the health literacy and self-reported preventive health practices of US adults. METHODS: Measured health literacy and preventive health practices for a nationally representative sample of adults (N = 18,100) and conducted probit regression analyses after controlling for age, gender, race/ethnicity, poverty level, insurance status, self-reported health status, and oral reading fluency. RESULTS: Low literacy was associated with a decreased likelihood of using most preventive health measures under study for adults aged 65 and older, but not for adults of 2 younger age groups. CONCLUSION: The relationship between health literacy and preventive health practices varied substantially by adult age group.
Sheida White; Jing Chen; Ruth Atchison
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of health behavior     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1087-3244     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Health Behav     Publication Date:    2008 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-12-10     Completed Date:  2008-08-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9602338     Medline TA:  Am J Health Behav     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  227-42     Citation Subset:  IM    
National Assessment for Adult Literacy, National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education, Washington, DC 20006, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Educational Status
Health Care Surveys
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Middle Aged
Preventive Health Services / utilization
Regression Analysis
United States

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