Filling out the forms: Health literacy among the uninsured

Sandra D Lane, Sally J. Huntington, Lynn Beth Satterly, Robert A Rubinstein, Robert H. Keefe

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Abstract

This study addresses health literacy among patients at a free clinic in Syracuse, NY. Researchers conducted chart reviews of 600 patients and qualitative interviews with 22 patients and 7 providers. Most clinic patients had a high school, or higher, level education and no difficulty with reading comprehension. Nevertheless, a majority had at least some difficulty with comprehending and following through on health information. For many interviewees, the greatest difficulty was completing the required forms for entitlement programs. The findings demonstrate that low health literacy may occur even among well-educated patients and recommend that health literacy be assessed for all patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
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StateAccepted/In press - Jun 12 2017

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Keywords

  • health insurance
  • health literacy
  • Healthcare disparities
  • poverty

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  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Filling out the forms : Health literacy among the uninsured. / Lane, Sandra D; Huntington, Sally J.; Satterly, Lynn Beth; Rubinstein, Robert A; Keefe, Robert H.

In: Social Work in Health Care, 12.06.2017, p. 1-14.

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Lane, Sandra D ; Huntington, Sally J. ; Satterly, Lynn Beth ; Rubinstein, Robert A ; Keefe, Robert H. / Filling out the forms : Health literacy among the uninsured. In: Social Work in Health Care. 2017 ; pp. 1-14.
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