Adaptation of the Realm-R and Literacy Levels of Primary Care Patients

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/149523
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Adaptation of the Realm-R and Literacy Levels of Primary Care Patients
Abstract:
Adaptation of the Realm-R and Literacy Levels of Primary Care Patients
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2009
Author:Wright, Susan C., D, Tech, Nursing
P.I. Institution Name:Tshwane University of Technology
Title:Associate Professor
Co-Authors:Zelda Wasserman, B, Tech, Nursing; Todd M. Maja, D, Phil, et, Litt
[Clinical Session Presentation] Low literacy can be described as the inability to read, write or use numbers effectively. The limited ability to read and understand health care instructions directly translates into poor health outcomes. The purpose of the study was to determine the English reading levels of patients in a primary health care clinic in the west of Tshwane and to adapt and validate a suitable literacy instrument to measure the English literacy levels in primary health care patients. The study focussed on two specific sub problems, which were firstly to adapt the current REALM-R for the South African context and secondly to determine the English literacy levels of primary care patients using the Learning Ability Battery and determining how the results of the adapted REALM-R correlate with the Learning Ability Battery. The research design was the modified Delphi technique and a cross-sectional survey. The data gathering for the study was done by self-report. The data analysis was done by descriptive statistics and inferential statistics including the chi-square test and Spearman?s rho. The result of the study indicated that in South Africa, the school grades achieved and the reading levels of primary care patients differ with 4 grades. In terms of the correlation between the adapted REALM-R and the Learning Ability Battery, a correlation of  r=0.43 (p<0.001) could be established. Depending on the cut-off point, 67% of the participants had low literacy levels. The study provide evidence of the importance of a validated, quick and easy to administer literacy screening tool  for use in the primary care setting to improve patients? health literacy.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleAdaptation of the Realm-R and Literacy Levels of Primary Care Patientsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/149523-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Adaptation of the Realm-R and Literacy Levels of Primary Care Patients</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Wright, Susan C., D, Tech, Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Tshwane University of Technology</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">wrightscd@tut.ac.za</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Zelda Wasserman, B, Tech, Nursing; Todd M. Maja, D, Phil, et, Litt</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Clinical Session Presentation] Low literacy can be described as the inability to read, write or use numbers effectively. The limited ability to read and understand health care instructions directly translates into poor health outcomes. The purpose of the study was to determine the English reading levels of patients in a primary health care clinic in the west of Tshwane and to adapt and validate a suitable literacy instrument to measure the English literacy levels in primary health care patients. The study focussed on two specific sub problems, which were firstly to adapt the current REALM-R for the South African context and secondly to determine the English literacy levels of primary care patients using the Learning Ability Battery and determining how the results of the adapted REALM-R correlate with the Learning Ability Battery. The research design was the modified Delphi technique and a cross-sectional survey. The data gathering for the study was done by self-report. The data analysis was done by descriptive statistics and inferential statistics including the chi-square test and Spearman?s rho. The result of the study indicated that in South Africa, the school grades achieved and the reading levels of primary care patients differ with 4 grades. In terms of the correlation between the adapted REALM-R and the Learning Ability Battery, a correlation of &nbsp;r=0.43 (p&lt;0.001) could be established. Depending on the cut-off point, 67% of the participants had low literacy levels. The study provide evidence of the importance of a validated, quick and easy to administer literacy screening tool &nbsp;for use in the primary care setting to improve patients? health literacy.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T10:04:07Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T10:04:07Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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