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ERIC Number: EJ862489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1981
Understanding the Role of Numeracy in Health: Proposed Theoretical Framework and Practical Insights
Lipkus, Isaac M.; Peters, Ellen
Health Education & Behavior, v36 n6 p1065-1081 2009
Numeracy--that is, how facile people are with mathematical concepts and their applications--is gaining importance in medical decision making and risk communication. This article proposes six critical functions of health numeracy. These functions are integrated into a theoretical framework on health numeracy that has implications for risk communication and medical decision-making processes. The authors examine practical underpinnings for targeted interventions aimed at improving such processes as a function of health numeracy. They hope that the proposed functions and theoretical framework will spur more research to determine how an understanding of health numeracy can lead to more effective communication and decision outcomes. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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