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Identifying health literacy levels and modifiable risk factors in adults with cardiovascular disease


Betihavas, V and Duff, J and Chan, A and Say, RE and Ferry, C and Walker, KN, Identifying health literacy levels and modifiable risk factors in adults with cardiovascular disease, Heart, Lung and Circulation, 13-16 August, 2015, Melbourne, Australia, pp. S113-S472. ISSN 1443-9506 (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Background: Challenges for adults with cardiovascular disease include rehospitalisation, decrease in quality of life and poor compliance related to health literacy.

Objectives: To evaluate the Heart Foundationís Managing my heart health booklet. This study will identify health literacy levels of adults with cardiovascular disease using the REALM R test; identify participants reaction to the booklet; its effect on their cardiovascular health literacy; and its impact on their modifiable cardiovascular risk factors.

Design: Qualitative longitudinal study. Phase 1: REALM-R test; demographic data and cardiovascular health knowledge questionnaire. Follow up at 12 weeks: Participants feedback to Managing my heart health booklet; Assessment of behaviour modification; Assessment of cardiovascular health knowledge questionnaire.

Setting: Community Participants: Adults living independently in the community with a history of cardiovascular disease who have attended the pre-admission unit at St Vincentís Private Hospital in Sydney.

Results: We recruited 88 participants with an average age of 63 years and a history of cardiovascular disease. We identified 25% of participants scored 6 or less on the REALM R test placing them at risk for poor literacy.

Conclusion: Health literacy levels affect cardiovascular disease management. Identifying individuals at risk for poor literacy and modifying the delivery of disease management information to the needs of the person has the potential to promote health literacy. Incorporating health literacy assessment of individuals within cardiovascular disease management programs is warranted.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Health literacy, modifiable risk factors, cardiovascular disease
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Sub-acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Duff, J (Dr Jed Duff)
UTAS Author:Chan, A (Mr Alex Chan)
UTAS Author:Say, RE (Mr Richard Say)
UTAS Author:Walker, KN (Professor Kim Walker)
ID Code:103814
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2015-10-27
Last Modified:2016-03-22

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