Health literacy, morbidity, and quality of life among individuals with spinal cord injury

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Health literacy, morbidity, and quality of life among individuals with spinal cord injury
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Journal Article
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Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
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2005, vol. 28, issue 3, pp 230-240
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Cross-sectional survey describes the level of health literacy among community-dwelling adults with spinal cord injury (SCI) and its possible associations with morbidity, health-related quality of life, functional independence, community participation, and life satisfaction. Functional health literacy is defined as the ability to read, understand, and act on health information. Primary measures were: the Test of Functional Health Literacy in Adults, standard questions about morbidity from the Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance Study, the Craig Handicap Assessment and Reporting Technique, the Short Form-12, and Diener's Satisfaction with Life Scale. Results showed that health literacy was adequate in 86 percent of the sample. Health literacy levels among participants were higher than those found in other groups. Health literacy was independently related to physical health morbidity, but its correlations with a number of aspects of general health, community participation, and QOL disappeared after controlling for severity of paralysis and education.
Johnston, Mark V.; Diab, Marguerite E.; Kim, Sung-Soo; Kirshblum, Steven
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