Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Health literacy articles

The new issue of EAHIL's (European Association for Health Information and Libraries) journal includes:
Falcone, M. et al. (2014) Health literacy, its importance for citizens and patients and the involvement of medical librarians: a European initiative. Journal of EAHIL, 10 (1), 15-17. http://www.eahil.eu/journal/ (open access)
Health literacy is a topic of many articles in medical and health journals. I selected a couple of recent ones on the topic of adolescents' health literacy (both subscription publications):
Chari, R. et al. (2014) Association between health literacy and child and adolescent obesity. Patient Education and Counseling,94 (1), 61-66. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0738399113003595 (priced article) It identifies the importance of both the health literacy of the parent and of the adolescent, if obesity was to be tackled effectively.
Perry, E. L. (2014). Health literacy in adolescents: an integrative review. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing. (pre-publication, online) doi: 10.1111/jspn.12072. This reviews articles which tested health literacy instruments (i.e. instruments to measure adolescents' health literacy) and articles reporting on adolescents' health literacy.
Photo by Sheila Webber: garden, University of Granada, March 2014

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