ERIC Number: ED588797
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Sep-27
Abstractor: As Provided
Literacy, Numeracy, and Health Information Seeking among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in the U.S.
Yamashita, Takashi; Bardo, Anthony R.; Liu, Darren; Cummins, Phyllis A.
Health literacy is often viewed as an essential skill set for successfully seeking health information to make health-related decisions. However, this general understanding has yet to be established with the use of nationally representative data. The objective of this study was to provide the first nationally representative empirical evidence that links health information seeking behaviors with health literacy among middle-age to older adults in the U.S. Data were obtained from the 2012/2014 Program for International Assessment of Adult Literacy (PIAAC). Our analytic sample is representative of adults age 45 to 74 (n = 2,989). Results showed that distinct components of health literacy (i.e., literacy and numeracy) were uniquely associated with the use of different health information sources (e.g., health professionals, the internet, television). Findings should be useful for government agencies and health care providers. [This paper was published in "Journal of Aging and Health" Online First Sep 2018.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A170183