Pharmacists’ Perceptions of Patients’ Health Literacy Levels Compared to Measured Health Literacy Levels

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Title:
Pharmacists’ Perceptions of Patients’ Health Literacy Levels Compared to Measured Health Literacy Levels
Author:
Mnatzaganian, Christina; Fabriguze, Angel; Phan, Tina; Lee, Jeannie
Affiliation:
College of Pharmacy, The University of Arizona
Issue Date:
2011
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Copyright © is held by the author.
Collection Information:
This item is part of the Pharmacy Student Research Projects collection, made available by the College of Pharmacy and the University Libraries at the University of Arizona. For more information about items in this collection, please contact Jennifer Martin, Associate Librarian and Clinical Instructor, Pharmacy Practice and Science, jenmartin@email.arizona.edu.
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Abstract:
OBJECTIVES: To compare pharmacists’ perceptions of patients’ health literacy levels to their measured health literacy levels. METHODS: This was descriptive study that included thirty patients from two independent pharmacies where they were administered a health literacy survey at random during their routine visit to the pharmacy. Each participant’s health literacy assessment was scored and assigned to a corresponding literacy level. Pharmacists from each store were then surveyed as to what they perceived each patient’s health literacy level to be. RESULTS: Twenty-eight of the thirty participants (93%) obtained the highest literacy score possible in the assessment. Two participants scored lower literacy levels and were both non-whites who were currently taking six or more medications and over the age of 50. No significant differences with respect to age, gender, education level, number of previous conversations with the pharmacist, or number of current medications were found as compared to measured literacy level. Actual literacy scores as well as perceived literacy levels between sites were also found to be insignificant (p=0.17 and p=0.58 respectively). With respect to race, there was a significant difference between whites vs. non-whites relative to REALM scores (p<0.001). Analysis of the difference between actual literacy scores and perceived scores were unable to be determined.       CONCLUSION: Based on the two participants who had lower literacy levels, this may suggest a disparity in health literacy with respect to race, age, and number of concurrent medications. However, due to lack of study variability, the significance of the difference was unable to be determined and conducting a larger study with more diverse settings, demographics, and larger sample size is suggested.
Description:
Class of 2011 Abstract
Keywords:
Pharmacists’; Health Literacy; Measured Health Literacy; Patients’
Advisor:
Lee, Jeannie

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorLee, Jeannieen
dc.contributor.authorMnatzaganian, Christinaen
dc.contributor.authorFabriguze, Angelen
dc.contributor.authorPhan, Tinaen
dc.contributor.authorLee, Jeannieen
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-24T15:28:04Z-
dc.date.available2016-06-24T15:28:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/614586-
dc.descriptionClass of 2011 Abstracten
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVES: To compare pharmacists’ perceptions of patients’ health literacy levels to their measured health literacy levels. METHODS: This was descriptive study that included thirty patients from two independent pharmacies where they were administered a health literacy survey at random during their routine visit to the pharmacy. Each participant’s health literacy assessment was scored and assigned to a corresponding literacy level. Pharmacists from each store were then surveyed as to what they perceived each patient’s health literacy level to be. RESULTS: Twenty-eight of the thirty participants (93%) obtained the highest literacy score possible in the assessment. Two participants scored lower literacy levels and were both non-whites who were currently taking six or more medications and over the age of 50. No significant differences with respect to age, gender, education level, number of previous conversations with the pharmacist, or number of current medications were found as compared to measured literacy level. Actual literacy scores as well as perceived literacy levels between sites were also found to be insignificant (p=0.17 and p=0.58 respectively). With respect to race, there was a significant difference between whites vs. non-whites relative to REALM scores (p<0.001). Analysis of the difference between actual literacy scores and perceived scores were unable to be determined.       CONCLUSION: Based on the two participants who had lower literacy levels, this may suggest a disparity in health literacy with respect to race, age, and number of concurrent medications. However, due to lack of study variability, the significance of the difference was unable to be determined and conducting a larger study with more diverse settings, demographics, and larger sample size is suggested.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author.en
dc.subjectPharmacists’en
dc.subjectHealth Literacyen
dc.subjectMeasured Health Literacyen
dc.subjectPatients’en
dc.titlePharmacists’ Perceptions of Patients’ Health Literacy Levels Compared to Measured Health Literacy Levelsen_US
dc.typetexten
dc.typeElectronic Reporten
dc.contributor.departmentCollege of Pharmacy, The University of Arizonaen
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item is part of the Pharmacy Student Research Projects collection, made available by the College of Pharmacy and the University Libraries at the University of Arizona. For more information about items in this collection, please contact Jennifer Martin, Associate Librarian and Clinical Instructor, Pharmacy Practice and Science, jenmartin@email.arizona.edu.en
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