The mechanisms linking health literacy to behavior and health status

Chandra Y. Osborn, Michael K. Paasche-Orlow, Stacy Cooper Bailey, Michael S. Wolf

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the mechanisms linking health literacy to physical activity and selfreported health. Methods: From 2005-2007, patients (N=330) with hypertension were recruited from safety net clinics. Pathanalytic models tested the pathways linking health literacy to physical activity and self-reported health. Results: There were significant paths from health literacy to knowledge (r=0.22, P<0.001), knowledge to self-efficacy (r=0.13, P<0.01), self-efficacy to physical activity (r=0.17, P<0.01), and physical activity to health status (r=0.17, P<0.01). Conclusions: Health education interventions should be literacy sensitive and aim to enhance patient health knowledge and self-efficacy to promote self-care behavior and desirable health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-128
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Health behavior.
  • Health literacy.
  • Health status
  • Knowledge.
  • Selfefficacy.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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