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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158853
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Reading Comprehension Assessments for Low-income Urban Healthcare Clients
Abstract:
Reading Comprehension Assessments for Low-income Urban Healthcare Clients
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:Delgado, Cheryl, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Cleveland State University
Title:School of Nursing
Contact Address:1860 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH, 44115, USA
Contact Telephone:216 687 5525
Co-Authors:C. Delgado, M. Weitzel, School of Nursing, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH;
Health literacy is tied to health care disparities and healthcare outcomes. Clients who do not read well enough to understand printed healthcare information will be less compliant with treatment, suffer increased complications and participate less in health prevention activities. The purpose of this study was to evaluate reading and comprehension levels of adults seeking care at two sites of a provider serving a population of urban poor and homeless persons. The sample consisted of 71 men and 19 women recruited from the waiting areas of the sites in the summer of 2009. Demographic data and a limited health history was obtained to uncovering chronic conditions that could negatively impact ability to read such as diabetes, hypertension, or eye conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts. Visual acuity was measured with a Snellen test and blood pressures were recorded for all participants. Hemoglobin A1c levels or serum blood glucose levels were recorded for all diabetic participants. Reading and comprehension skills were tested with the Wide Range Achievement Test (4th edition) which is a nationally recognized, standardized assessment used for adult as well as child readers. The study was approved by all appropriate IRBs and data collection was assisted by two McNair Scholars from the university. The results indicated that most participants with chronic medical conditions were well controlled. No health related parameters were significantly related to reading and comprehension scores. Reading and comprehension scores were in slightly lower than the standardized norms with a mean reading level just under grade 10 and a mean comprehension level at mid ninth grade. The mean composite score for participants placed them in the lower 30% of readers. Most healthcare information is written at 10th grade level, but this may not be understandable to half of the clients needing this information.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleReading Comprehension Assessments for Low-income Urban Healthcare Clientsen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158853-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Reading Comprehension Assessments for Low-income Urban Healthcare Clients</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Delgado, Cheryl, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Cleveland State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">1860 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH, 44115, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">216 687 5525</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">c.delgado@csuohio.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">C. Delgado, M. Weitzel, School of Nursing, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Health literacy is tied to health care disparities and healthcare outcomes. Clients who do not read well enough to understand printed healthcare information will be less compliant with treatment, suffer increased complications and participate less in health prevention activities. The purpose of this study was to evaluate reading and comprehension levels of adults seeking care at two sites of a provider serving a population of urban poor and homeless persons. The sample consisted of 71 men and 19 women recruited from the waiting areas of the sites in the summer of 2009. Demographic data and a limited health history was obtained to uncovering chronic conditions that could negatively impact ability to read such as diabetes, hypertension, or eye conditions such as glaucoma or cataracts. Visual acuity was measured with a Snellen test and blood pressures were recorded for all participants. Hemoglobin A1c levels or serum blood glucose levels were recorded for all diabetic participants. Reading and comprehension skills were tested with the Wide Range Achievement Test (4th edition) which is a nationally recognized, standardized assessment used for adult as well as child readers. The study was approved by all appropriate IRBs and data collection was assisted by two McNair Scholars from the university. The results indicated that most participants with chronic medical conditions were well controlled. No health related parameters were significantly related to reading and comprehension scores. Reading and comprehension scores were in slightly lower than the standardized norms with a mean reading level just under grade 10 and a mean comprehension level at mid ninth grade. The mean composite score for participants placed them in the lower 30% of readers. Most healthcare information is written at 10th grade level, but this may not be understandable to half of the clients needing this information.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:27:39Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:27:39Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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