Aging and Health Literacy

Kay H. Smith, Mary E. Nolan, Amy Knehans

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A recent study comparing older adults' health literacy skills with their satisfaction with health care providers' communication efforts did not find a correlation between the two measures. However, the results were interesting, including the fact that almost 40 percent of participants experienced moderate to severe difficulties in understanding everyday health information as presented in a food label (Newest Vital Sign assessment). This has implications for senior patient engagement in health care, particularly at a time when so many health transactions such as scheduling and records requests, not to mention general health information, are moving to online only format. Librarians should be aware of the issues surrounding health literacy in older adults and work with providers to address those deficits in health care navigation in this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)94-100
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Consumer Health on the Internet
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)


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