Poor functional health literacy : the silent disability for older people

Tooth, Leigh, Clark, Michele J., & McKenna, Kryss (2000) Poor functional health literacy : the silent disability for older people. Australasian Journal on Ageing, 19(1), pp. 14-22.

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In this information age, people are confronted by verbal, visual and written information. This is especially important in the health field, where information is needed to follow directions, understand prescriptions and undertake preventive behaviours. If provided in written form, much of this information may be inaccessible to people who cannot adequately read. Although poor literacy skills affect all groups in the population, older adults with fewer years of education seem to be particularly disadvantaged by an increasing reliance on written communication of health information. With older age comes a higher risk of illness and disability and a greater potential need to access the health system. As a result, poor literacy skills of older individuals may directly impact their health status. This paper explores the link between functional literacy and health, particularly for the older population, provides strategies to practitioners for the management of this problem, and suggests research initiatives in this area.

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ID Code: 27192
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2000.tb00133.x
ISSN: 1440-6381
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 11 Jul 2010 22:57
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2017 04:01

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