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ERIC Number: EJ786461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1087-3244
Measuring Adult Literacy in Health Care: Performance of the Newest Vital Sign
Osborn, Chandra Y.; Weiss, Barry D.; Davis, Terry C.; Skripkauskas, Silvia; Rodrigue, Christopher; Bass, Pat F., III; Wolf, Michael S.
American Journal of Health Behavior, v31 suppl 1 pS36-S46 Sep-Oct 2007
Objective: To compare performance of the newest vital sign (NVS) with existing literacy measures. Methods: We administered the NVS and REALM to 129 patients, and NVS and S-TOFHLA to 119 patients all in public clinics. Results: The NVS demonstrated high sensitivity for detecting limited literacy and moderate specificity (area under the receiver operating characteristic [AUROC] curve 0.71-0.73). The NVS was less effective than the S-TOFHLA for predicting health outcomes. Conclusion: The NVS is able to identify patients with limited literacy skills, but may misclassify those with adequate literacy according to the REALM and S-TOFHLA. NVS scores were not associated with health outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Basic Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington